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December 6, 2010
He hated noise of any kind, and so he set out to silence every creak, every beep, every hum throughout his house. He unplugged the TV, the radio, and the stereo. He put his computer in a closet. He unplugged the refrigerator. He gave his cat to his sister. He disconnected the doorbell.

When that wasn't enough, he covered the windows with soundproofing. He would have turned on the lights now that he was in the dark, but lightbulbs buzzed. He lit a candle.

Finally, he was alone with only the sound of his thoughts. They were too loud, too.