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The Language of Depression

The Language of Depression

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There is no quicker way to spiral downward as a depressive than to start thinking about all the things you want out of life, all the things you expect and desire for yourself. In Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig warns against getting lost in thinking about where you are in relation to where youmore

Curable by Marriage

Curable by Marriage

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“You can’t start here, you can’t admit this to anyone, for fear they’ll doubt your love is real…” more

Landmine

Landmine

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“Wife-beating has a unique and unforgettable sound, especially when it wakes you up in the middle of the night…”more

American Cheese

American Cheese

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When your brother moves out, his room will be your room, as a sort of hand-me-down, like a pair of Jnco Jeans or a chain wallet.more

Launch and Recovery

Launch and Recovery

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My apology seemed odd and inadequate, considering the reality of American racism, about which I felt basically helpless.more

Satan Stole Her Soul in Vain

Satan Stole Her Soul in Vain

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“But before we ‘made love’ (or whatever you like) we went to the laundromat, and before that, we were in a bar…”more

Field Test

Field Test

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“It’s like Grandpa told us,” my brother said. “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”more

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

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“Being out of my mom’s house for the first time, surrounded by more cosmopolitan people I couldn’t relate to, deeply unsure of myself, I bonded with these albums. They told me there was a world out there not just for me to revere but emulate.”more

On Charles Bukowski

On Charles Bukowski

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Not every angel is going to come with a halo. Some are going to come carrying a sword and some a snake and some a bottle of port…more

Spook Show

Spook Show

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I printed out a copy of the article and showed it to my brother Art.
“Do you think that’s Tommy?” I asked him.
He stared at it. “Yes,” he said. He couldn’t stop staring at the mug shot.more