Robert had a room on the same floor as mine freshman year, but I noticed him for the first time in the dining-hall lunch line. I was waiting for a plateful of baked ziti when he struck up a conversation with the guy behind the counter – this tall, kind of rickety black guy, maybe fifty years old, …
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Picking Up Nathan from the Airport
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Fathers and Sons
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