Author Archives: Laurustina

Stupid Girl Revisited

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I’ve spent the last three weeks transcribing my old journals. For twenty years, these scribbled steno pads and composition books have been shoved in the bottom of a box.  I always mean to throw them out, but couldn’t quite bring … Continue reading

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Anohni ; #amlistening

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I have been haunted by Anohni (aka Antony) since I first saw her exquisite performance of “If It Be Your Will” in the film Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. With the depth of Nina Simone and delicacy of Keaton Henson, … Continue reading

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Mouse’s Piano

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Ever since he wheeled it up the driveway on Monday night, Mouse has been obsessed with this century-old piano, and he’s not the only one. Before dark, we shrouded it in an old blue tarp to shield it from promised … Continue reading

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Doing The Work

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Earlier this year, I started receiving child-support checks from Ashlie's father, twenty-four years after she was born and eight years after her death. It seemed perverse, accepting this money and the accompanying monthly reminder of a man I prefer to … Continue reading

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A Clusterfuck of Sorrow

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Halfway through the 2nd episode of s-town (the newest podcast from the producers of serial), the enigmatic John McLemore ends a rant with these four words: a clusterfuck of sorrow. I write them down immediately, planning to use them in … Continue reading

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