The Stranger: Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

Photographer: Wayne Lin

Well, I’m 21 now. I couldn’t think of a better post for my birthday and Valentine’s Day than this recreation of my favorite scenes from The Stranger. The mint green gown may look a little out of place, but I have a tradition of wearing mint green gowns on my birthday. I like to think that Camus would have appreciated the absurdity of it all. I’d love to do this again in Algiers one day.

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THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

“Then everything began to reel before my eyes, a fiery gust came from the sea, while the sky cracked in two, from end to end, and a great sheet of flame poured down through the rift. Every nerve in my body was a steel spring, and my grip closed on the revolver. The trigger gave, and the smooth underbelly of the butt jogged my palm. And so, with that crisp, whipcrack sound, it all began. I shook off my sweat and the clinging veil of light. I knew I’d shattered the balance of the day, the spacious calm of this beach on which I had been happy. But I fired four shots more into the inert body, on which they left no visible trace. And each successive shot was another loud, fateful rap on the door of my undoing.”

— Albert Camus, The Stranger

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

THE STRANGER | Michelle Lara Lin | Murder on the Beach

LM Collection Dress courtesy of MissesDressy

As promised, I will be writing out the answers to your questions soon. On the note of Valentine’s Day, I suppose I’ll tackle the most awkward questions now. Whenever I’m asked if I’m single, I’m always reluctant to answer “yes” because that simple “yes” is always misconstrued as “yes I am single and interested in you” and distorted into a warrant for annoying behavior. I choose to be single because I’ve found that relationships hold me back. Awkward question #2 about what I look for in a partner… I have unrealistically high standards. My ideal partner is a work of fiction. He/she is an open-minded art lover and absurdist literature appreciator, passionate programmer (who will teach me complex javascript and won’t dismiss CSS as a cute pseudolanguage), INTx, do-er > dreamer, emphatic, irreverent, extremely ambitious, healthy, a skeptical self-examiner (but won’t translate any personal insecurities onto me), and a respectful person who won’t treat the relationship as sugar for the ego… Holy smokes, I sound delusional. I’m convinced I will die alone hugging my Camus novels. Admittedly that doesn’t bother me too much. :P

Happy Valentine’s Day! With all the love in the world. ♥

Who cares about Valentines when it’s something more important like your birthday? Have a blast (technically you’re still 20 here)!

  • Michelle, you look absolutely stunning in these photos! Whenever I see of “mint green”, I automatically think of you, hehe! :) The dress is simply gorgeous and it looks especially breathtaking against the ocean background. I cannot wait to read “The Stranger” this semester in AP English Lit and then I’ll be able to fully appreciate your blog. Even though I highly despise my teacher (because he barely teaches us anything), I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Happy 21st birthday! I hope you have a wonderful birthday! :)

    PS. Loved your answer about your ideal partner! It would be so much easier if we could just create our perfect partner, hehe.

    – Kelsey

  • Hey Michelle. Happy to hear you’re happy – being single can be great too! Much better indeed than being locked in a relationship that confines you. To alleviate your concern (if it is one) whether you’d ever find your perfect partner, how you describe him: I also had (and have) ridiculously high standards for my ideal dream partner. I had a list that was even longer than yours, many years back. Ha! On my journey I met men who seemed nice but I didn’t fall in love with. Then one whom I fell crazily in love with (or thought I did) because he promised me the moon in the most romantic poetic words ever, but then kept letting me down for ever so mysterious reasons. Then one who seemed perfect but it turned out that I was more in love with this perfect picture and the idea of living in it, than him as a person. Lastly, fate caught me by surprise, and I met a guy in the wrong moment, at the wrong place, with a totally different set of traits – he’s neither a dancer, nor an artist, nor a romantic star-gazer, he’s a mechanic and IT guy of all things. Funny thing is we complement each other very nicely, and he gives me total freedom to make my own decisions, thereby bringing out the best in me, supporting me in whatever I choose to do, no matter how hard that may be on our relationship – long distance etc. (as long as I stay true to him of course).

    Long story short – keep an open mind that a great man for you may be way different from what you expect, yet make you feel awesome, and keep bringing out the best in you. That’s what the real and best men are made of. You’re awesome – you should also have such a wonderful man one day. Until then, stay as you are, and keep following your instinct and talent!

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