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"A castle of stone called Pinnacle stands guard off St. Matthew’s southern flank. To set foot on this scatter of land surrounded by endless ocean is to feel yourself swallowed by the nowhere at the center of a drowned compass rose."
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Tuhin Oct 26
"If we are defined by what we have done or what we will do, then we, each day, seem to forget the present tense: what we do. This tense is shifty. It elides." --, thank you for this. via
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Longreads Oct 24
"I share the dread. I can ward it off for brief moments, by focusing on beauty. The fear is still there, under the awe, under the gratitude, but for now, I walk around with my head tilted up, to better see the leaves and the blue sky behind."
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Longreads Oct 24
"But then I think of these friendships, and I know I love women, and am loved by women, and that is more true, more long-lasting, than my romantic history of fumbling toward intimacy with men."
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Longreads Oct 24
"If you lose your sense of smell, you lose an important key to many of the memories that compose your sense of identity...it’s not that you don’t have the memories..but that they aren’t being triggered with the same level of visceral immediacy."
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Longreads Oct 24
"A local reporter named Nicole O’Reilly started to become skeptical of Cindy’s plight. She interviewed Cindy’s best friend and sister, but neither was able to provide key details about her condition."
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Longreads Oct 23
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Longreads Oct 23
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Lola Méndez 🇺🇾 Oct 21
My friend wrote this beautiful letter that intertwines a sense of home, tea, and travel for a few years ago. It pulled at all my heart strings and spoke to my soul.
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Longreads Oct 23
When a plane dropped the mail several kilometers away during the coldest time of year, the men had to form three crews and rotate in shifts just to retrieve it, dragging a toboggan of survival supplies as they went.
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Longreads Oct 23
"It was in mid-March that Cindy’s caregiver took to Facebook to announce that one of Cindy’s friends, in a spectacularly loving and shocking gesture, sold his home to help keep Cindy alive."
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Longreads Oct 22
"They dug up the crate they’d buried to find most of their possessions had been damaged by rain. ‘They were symbolic of our lives after the Holocaust: damaged and, in certain respects, unable to be repaired,’ as Baba said."
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Longreads Oct 22
"The involuntary nature of smell makes it feel more like a force we surrender to rather than a function of agency. It’s some thing that happens *to* us."
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Longreads Oct 22
"Perhaps if Harris becomes the vice president we can have a national conversation about our contradictory impulses around crime and punishment."
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Longreads Oct 22
"It wasn’t until months later, when the crowdfunding campaign peaked at CA$126,584, that people in Cindy’s orbit started to realize something about the story was terribly wrong."
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Longreads Oct 22
"I’ve been thinking on russet lately, this color of oak and Rembrandt and austerity. I’m hunkering down for winter, making paprika-spiked stews and big pots of beans with bacon, always dutifully freezing a portion for later."
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Longreads Oct 22
"In 'Spring Collection,' Judith Krantz did and did not accurately capture what is sacred about queer romance, did and did not get things right. But whoever gets it right when writing about something so complex as sexuality?"
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Longreads Oct 21
"But the doctor mentioned a study in which autopsies were done on old women. He said that in these women’s organs, cells were found from all the babies they had ever carried, decades after those children were born."
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Longreads Oct 21
"We felt Southern rap because the tempo matched the cadence of our lives and kept a record of the peripheral cultures that shaped our language and movement."
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Longreads Oct 21
"How could these influencers, demanded their critics, accept a free trip from a repressive monarchy that jails and tortures activists, oppresses its religious minorities, and fuels the worst humanitarian crisis in the world in Yemen?"
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