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Melissa Firman

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I’m leaving work today and starting to drive out of the parking garage when I notice something tucked beneath my windshield wiper.

“Oh, what in the ever-loving fuck?” I say — yes, out loud, because that’s a rather frequent phrase of mine these days. I’m thinking it’s an ad from a crazy-ass church or a business card from someone who has hit my car. I pull into another spot, get out, annoyed as a...

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Henry David Thoreau
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
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“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
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