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Will a Fig Last in the Icebox?

Am I the only one with a wandering heart that makes it hard to be happy where I am? I can’t help imagining that it would be so much easier to eat organic if we lived abroad. Or, since it’s so much cheaper if you’re already overseas, that we’d travel more. Generally, that our quality …

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the rate of death is directly proportional to the rate of life

Guest writer Tahimi's poem, "the rate of death is directly proportional to the rate of life," in The Elixir. I am 22 years old and hopefully, wistfully, 60 years from death. I used to dream about traveling the globe, stabbing a flag into the tips of the Himalayan mountains, or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, a school …

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A PC Season’s Greetings To You

In most of America—especially in the South—Christianity is a part of everyday life. This is accentuated during the holidays. Children are let out of school for “Christmas Break,” they pledge allegiance to “one nation under God,” and currency is inscribed with God’s name. Many people are of the opinion that being “politically correct” is a …

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The Linguist (Scene 11)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [outside the lawyer’s office; RODGER, REESE, NELL, and WILL stand outside the closed door] RODGER:     Whatever you hear in there, we’ll work through this. Everything’s gonna be fine. REESE:     I know...now. [RODGER and REESE embrace] NELL:     You don’t have to wait for me. WILL:     I want to. I want to …

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The Linguist (Scene 10)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [inside Abbott estate; NELL, WILL, REESE, RODGER, ELIZA, NORAH, and CYNTHIA are playing a heated game of charades; RODGER is miming reeling in a huge fish] REESE:     Oh, that movie you love so much with Ewan McGregor… NORAH:     The one where he works at the circus? WILL:     BIG FISH! RODGER: …

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The Linguist (Scene 9)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [Nell’s childhood bedroom; NELL is sitting on the bed reading; WILL knocks and enters without waiting for a response] WILL:     Fancy meeting you here. Watchya readin’? “The Study of American Folklore.” Well, that sounds interesting. NELL:     It’s about how to categorize folklife, from the material to the verbal, and how …

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The Linguist (Scene 7)

For reference, see character thumbnails. [Nell’s childhood bedroom; night; NELL is pacing and mumbling agitatedly; she hears a knock at her door; she goes to answer it] NELL:     [disbelieving]     William Farris is knocking. Now he’s in my room. [WILL starts to come in but NELL makes to send him out] WILL:     C’mon, Nell, don’t be …

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