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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When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
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Picking Up Nathan from the Airport
‘When shit like this happens, people don’t walk out on fifteen-year marriages.’
Fathers and Sons
‘For a while it wasn’t clear how good he would become, and then it was. He went up the rankings, stopped, and started going down.’
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