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My whole life sort of ended wh...

My whole life sort of ended when my mom died.

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But if I could go back in time...

But if I could go back in time, I wouldn't do a single thing differently. What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?

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It's a long life, sweetheart, ...

It's a long life, sweetheart, and time heals all wounds.

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I'm reading George Saunders's ...

I'm reading George Saunders's story collection, 'Tenth of December.' He was my mentor at the University of Syracuse. The stories are mind-blowing like everyone says.

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With fiction, it could be abou...

With fiction, it could be about anything. It just has to be good writing, like Maria Semple's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette,' which I read recently. I want to forget I have a book in my hand.

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A few times a year I'll rememb...

A few times a year I'll remember that I love old literature, too. Charlotte BrontГ«'s 'Jane Eyre' is one of my 10 favorite books. I have to go out of my way to remember to pick up a book like that, but when I do I'm blown away by how very relevant it still is.

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One of the scandalous things I...

One of the scandalous things I did was as I read them afterward I would burn them. I loved them, but for practical reasons I had to lighten the load. I burned favorites, like William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying.' There's a whole list in the back of my book. It's me,[Adolf] Hitler, [Benito] Mussolini, and Pol Pot. We're the book burners.

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'The Dream of a Common Langua...

'The Dream of a Common Language' by Adrienne Rich. I carried it the entire hike. On my first night, when I felt like I was in too deep, I read the first poem out loud to myself over and over.

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Every time I read Erin Belieu ...

Every time I read Erin Belieu work I'm pierced in that wonderful way poetry can.

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I really came to literature th...

I really came to literature through poetry.

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My family didn't go to church....

My family didn't go to church. Once when I slept over at the house of a friend, her parents brought me to Sunday school with her. I was given this little pamphlet of tiny poems about the natural world, about butterflies and sunsets. My 7-year-old self was so astounded by how these few words were creating pictures and feelings in me.

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The universe, I'd learned, was...

The universe, I'd learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.

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It had nothing to do with gear...

It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, an

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That my complicated life could...

That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding.

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Uncertain as I was as I pushed...

Uncertain as I was as I pushed forward, I felt right in my pushing, as if the effort itself meant something. That perhaps being amidst the undesecrated beauty of the wilderness meant I too could be undesecrated, regardless of the regrettable things I'd done to others or myself or the regrettable things that had been done to me. Of all the things I'd been skeptical about, I didn't feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me.

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She tried to think of what to ...

She tried to think of what to say to make it all better again, or at least the way it was before she'd made her confession, though she didn't regret having confessed. Perhaps that was what had been wrong with her all along. Now that the lie wasn't between them anymore, maybe she could love him again.

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He was the most ordinary man i...

He was the most ordinary man in all the world, and yet in her memory he'd become luminous, like the prince in a fairy tale.

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We love and care for oodles of...

We love and care for oodles of people, but only a few of them, if they died, would make us believe we could not continue to live. Imagine if there were a boat upon which you could put only four people, and everyone else known and beloved to you would then cease to exist. Who would you put on that boat? It would be painful, but how quickly you would decide: You and you and you and you, get in. The rest of you, goodbye.

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Alone had always felt like an ...

Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren't a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.

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Blood is thicker than water, m...

Blood is thicker than water, my mother had always said when I was growing up, a sentiment I'd often disputed. But it turned out that it didn't matter whether she was right or wrong. They both flowed out of my cupped palms.

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Ocнователь Плейбоя Хью Xeфнep co cвоими зaйками. CШA, 1970-е и Принцесса Диана, Австралия, 1983 год.

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Майк Тайсон с женой Робин Гивенс в Москве, 1987 год и Кейт Мосс и Джонни Дэпп, 90-ые

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Кэмерон Мишель Диас — американская актриса и модель. Стала известной в 1990-х годах после роли в фильме «Маска». Майк Тайсон с женой Робин Гивенс в Москве, 1987 год. «Чемпион» - в главных ролях Кирк Д...

Анита Экберг в фильме "Царек Хан", 50-ые и Певец Валерий Леонтьев, 1982 год

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Редкий кадр. Боярский без усов и шляпы. Начало 1970-х и Киноактриса Надежда Румянцева на футбольном матче. 12 сентября 1958 года

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Киноактриса Надежда Румянцева на футбольном матче. 12 сентября 1958 года. Наталья Ионова, 2010ые. Арнольд Шварценеггер, Хью Хефнер и Вилт Чемберлен в особняке Playboy, 1977 год. Киану Ривз и Патрик Су...