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. ♥