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The Merry Recluse by Caroline Knapp
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Jan 17, 08

bookshelves: read-it-read-it-again
Read in December, 2007

you're not supposed to speak ill of the dead. or, you can't harm the dead. (depends on which philosophy articles you've read.) still, even if you are dead, your writing shouldn't be so...precious. oh, i am full of flaws, kiss kiss kiss kiss. oh, i suffer. oh, i smoke two packs of cigarettes a day and never wash my sheets and wonder why not one ever wants to stay over oh well i don't like anyone anyway.

i always want to like essays. when they fail, i am disappointed. read marjorie williams's "woman at the washington zoo" (specifically her cancer memoirs) if you want to read someone who can really write.

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