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All the Markings of a Tiny Phenomenon

When I read a book, I usually do so with an unapologetic pen in hand: starring, underlining, bracketing, and scribbling notes in the margins. And when I’m done, it’s still the book it was when I began, but something has happened to distinguish it as my own. It’s akin to the maps we used to

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November 27, 2013

An Imagined Future of Complicated Grown-up Life

Delving back into Thisbe Nissen’s 2001 novel, The Good People of New York, felt like a kind of time-travel eavesdropping. From its first pages, I found myself in the middle of a conversation I’d begun as a teenager, a conversation I’d had with the characters, with the author, with the story itself. I pulled the

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September 11, 2013

Succumbed to Floodwaters or Adolescence

I grew up in New England, where ghost folklore is as culturally integrated as pizza or lighthouses or the history of Thanksgiving. Our small universe was multilayered in the troubled history of the dead. We found it in the farmhouses with foundations built from stacked stones, the boneyards dating back to yellow fever, the remains of cobblestone

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September 4, 2013

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