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Journal of Medical Biography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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  • Editors' Notes

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      Abstract: With this issue, Biography's International Year in Review reaches the five-year mark, and it is a pleasure to introduce our latest installment. While this collection of essays reflects the broad international scope and variety of the previous four, the cover image we selected for the issue points to a prominent thread running through it: the global impact of COVID-19. We wish to thank the Danish artist Janne Skyt for permission to use a detail from her "Embroidered elements from a Corona lockdown," and we are grateful to Marianne Høyen for connecting us with her.We had anticipated that many of this year's contributions would touch on the pandemic, but we were struck by the number of essays that describe large-scale ... Read More
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  • Remembering Lauren Berlant

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      Abstract: Riva Lehrer, The Risk Pictures: Lauren Berlant (Showing Up), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and the Estate of Lauren ... Read More
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  • From Individual to Collective Memories: The Year in Aruba

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      Abstract: Over time, Aruba,1 one of the six islands in the Dutch Caribbean, has produced several autobiographical books. The latest is by Hyacinthus (better known as Chinto) Thomas Erasmus, Mi memorianan: Aruba di antaño segun Chinto, published in 2019. Erasmus wrote it when he was seventy-five years old ("Chinto Erasmus"), and it was published twenty-one years after his death by the Aruban publishing house Charuba. The publication of Erasmus's autobiography followed an interesting path. Initially, he decided to pen his memories in Papiamento, the local creole language, for his children and grandchildren only. His daughter Etty Eustatia-Erasmus typed out his handwritten notes and shared them with the rest of the family. She ... Read More
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  • Burning Shame, Decolonizing (His)tory, and Writing Illness and Disability:
           The Year in Australia

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      Abstract: In November 2020, I am on my couch in Adelaide while Helen Garner, from an airy study in her home city of Melbourne, adjusts her camera. In the Adelaide Hills, from Matilda Bookshop, Molly Murn leans in and asks, "Can you hear me, Helen'"This is 2020. This is how we book launch.The Victorian capital is at the tail end of six weeks of "stay at home" orders, a lockdown designed to eliminate a COVID-19 cluster that would eventually be traced to a breach in a hotel quarantine. Victorians are allowed out for an hour to exercise, to buy essential groceries, or for medical reasons. The state premier has held a press conference every day for 120 days. "If he wore his North Face," a friend told me, referring to the brand of ... Read More
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  • Viennese Modernism and No End: The Year in Austria

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      Abstract: Biographical writing is often stimulated by memorial years for prominent figures, or for the milestone anniversaries of institutions and cultural events—the successes and receptions of which are in turn closely linked to the work of these significant, sometimes controversial cultural figures. Such motivations lie behind Sibylle Zehle's biography of Max Reinhardt, who along with Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss was one of the founding fathers of the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele). Marking its 100th anniversary in 2020, the Salzburg Festival was originally founded as a counterpart to Richard Wagner's Bayreuth Festival. With Hofmannsthal's Jedermann as its trademark and with almost 250,000 annual ... Read More
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  • COVID-19 Emergency Diaries: The Year in Brazil

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      Abstract: All of a sudden, all we had was the present. The past, for some reason, seemed farther away than usual. The future also appeared more uncertain than before. The spaces where our bodies once moved freely now became restricted. A more urgent situation suspended our actions and deliberations until further notice. The world came to a halt, and a virus forced humankind to live in it differently. In the paralysis of time, some of us took the time to read a long-awaited pile of books; others lacked the concentration to read or write. Our regular face-to-face meetings were recreated in the virtual space of FaceTime, Zoom, and Google Meet. The uncertainty and terror caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had another impact: it ... Read More
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  • Lives Interrupted: The Year in Canada

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      Abstract: Though a recent CBC News article claimed that "compared with its peers in Europe and North America, Canada's pandemic experience has been less intense—and less deadly," the lifewriting texts produced from March 2020 onward suggest that COVID-19 has affected the everyday lives of Canadians profoundly (Dyer). Canada has so far produced few book-length publications about the pandemic, but life writing in the more immediate and fragmented forms of newspaper and magazine articles and social media posts has abounded, and these texts are crucial to our understanding of this moment. Here, I consider texts that may be predictive of the retrospective, book-length Canadian pandemic life writing to come, either because they ... Read More
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  • "Diaries in the Lockdown City": The Year in China

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      Abstract: The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of 2019 greatly impacted the economy, politics, education, and nearly every aspect of public and personal lives in China. As a result, in 2020, online diaries and digital autobiographical narratives with hashtags related to the pandemic were posted extensively, recording their writers' experiences and thoughts during this crisis. This was especially so during the initial phase of the pandemic, when the government called on people to stay at home, and implemented a nationwide lockdown policy for many weeks after January 23. Trapped in this unprecedented situation, overwhelmed by the grave consequences, and doubtful about an unknowable future, Chinese writers responded ... Read More
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  • To Belong—or Not to Belong: The Year in Denmark

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      Abstract: As elsewhere, the year 2020 has been exceptional in Denmark: the global pandemic has dominated everything. From both the media and my friends in other countries, I understand that we in Denmark are lucky. People's lives have been disrupted by the restrictions imposed to control the virus, but reliable sources of economic support and the tax-funded healthcare system in Denmark have prevented suffering, and local communities have pulled together to provide help for neighbors in need. But we had to let go of our embedded belief that the world is our playground, and instead open our eyes to the importance of close relations.In the publishing sphere, it has not been business as usual either. Much of what was planned did ... Read More
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  • "Is the World Still There'": Estonian Lockdown Diaries The Year in
           Estonia

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      Abstract: Mulle meenub Ilon Wiklandi autobiograafiline lasteraamat „Pikk-pikk teekond", kus teise maailmasõja ajal jooksis laps hommikuti vaatama, kas maailm on veel alles. Mina vaatan piltlikult öeldes samuti, kas maailm on veel alles! Alles ta on, aga iga päevaga läheb olukord kõhedust tekitavamaks küll. 1 [I remembered an autobiographical book for children by Ilon Wikland 2 titled A Long-Long Journey where during WWII the child (protagonist) each morning rushed to see if the world was still there. Figuratively speaking, I also check if the world ... Read More
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  • Stories of Secrets, Wounds, and Healing: The Year in Finland

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      Abstract: This has been a year of crisis everywhere. Lockdown updates started to appear in Finnish social media in March, when the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Finland. Radio, newspapers, and social media platforms offered spaces for citizens to discuss and document what it was like to be hit by disbelief—to stop, stay home, and distance. The crisis seemed to ask for textual and narrative structuring and witnessing. Some professional writers, such as journalists, collected stories they later published in books. The popular writer Saska Saarikoski offered her "diary in a state of emergency," Poikkeustilassa: Koronapäiväkirja ... Read More
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  • "Ways of Worldmaking": The Year in France

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      Abstract: "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life," wrote Oscar Wilde (39). Speaking of Bruno Nuytten's 1988 biopic of Camille Claudel, Dominique Bona says, "Il n'avait pas voulu romancer : la vie de Camille était suffisamment romanesque pour qu'on n'ait rien à inventer" [he didn't want to novelize: Camille's life was sufficiently novelesque as it was, so that there was nothing to invent] (212). But the novelesque in biography is not so much a question of writing style, as of lifestyle properly speaking. It is not relevant principally in the sense of narrative history presenting historical facts in the aesthetic form of the novel, or just a process of literary creation inspired from real life, or even of a ... Read More
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  • Complicit Filmmakers, Self-Made Women, and the Weltgeist on Horseback: The
           Year in Germany

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      Abstract: In two books appearing on the 250th birthday of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), the world takes a prominent place. In Hegels Welt, Jürgen Kaube, editor-at-large of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in this role responsible for one of Germany's most influential feuilletons, takes advantage of the ambiguity of the German genitive in the title of his book, implying the historical condition that Hegel inhabited, but also the global, all-encompassing aspiration that Hegel asserted in his philosophical thinking. Sebastian Ostritsch achieves something similar through the use of a compound noun: Hegel: Der Weltphilosoph—the world and the philosopher conflate into one. The third comprehensive biography to ... Read More
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  • Parallel Pathways: The Year in Hungary

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      Abstract: Autobiographical works have long been integrated into the national literary system in Hungary and are often considered to be some of the most famous and original pieces of Hungarian prose writing. Today, it is undeniable that they have entered the Hungarian book market too. Book series and even entire publishing houses dedicated to biographies, autobiographies, diaries, and other kinds of life writing have gradually built up their readerships in the past few decades. Autobiographical publications have topped sales charts and are now a widely discussed topic both in literary criticism and public discourse. Nevertheless, the success of lifewriting productions was not hailed unanimously by professional literati, some ... Read More
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  • Eyes Wide Open with Paper in Hand: The Year in Italy

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      Abstract: We already know that 2020 is a year to remember. It is fair to wonder how many essays of this issue of Biography's International Year in Review will center on this common scarring experience. For sure the year 2020 in Italy is deeply marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shadow it casts on lives and life writing. This is a year that has changed the flow of time, suggesting a before and an after. Italians had a clear awareness of living through such a time hinge. At the beginning of the pandemic in March, Italy was on the forefront of the contagion and showed the grimmest record of deaths, many of which concentrated in the small area of Lombardy. It was followed by other European countries, but in those few weeks ... Read More
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  • Prison Narratives: The Year in South Korea

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      Abstract: One of the most significant roles that life narratives have played in South Korea has been giving voice to those who have suffered social injustice and want to be heard. Lifewriting texts often serve as trial sites outside the legal systems, where writers can tell their stories to the reader without judicial authority being present. In their prison narratives, Im Pang-gyu1 and Ch'oe Sŏ-wŏn2 both turn to autobiographical representation beyond the jurisdiction of the court to present their cases in public and to disclose the injustice that they believe they have suffered.This year's essay examines how Im's Pijŏnhyang changgisu Im Pang-gyu chasŏjŏn (2019) and Ch'oe's Na nŭn nugu in'ga: Ch'oe Sŏ-wŏn okchung ... Read More
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  • Illness Writing and Revolution, Converging Narratives: The Year in Lebanon

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      Abstract: For over four centuries, Lebanon was shackled to the Ottoman Empire, whose later decline was described by nineteenth-century commentators as the "Sick Man of Europe." This epithet is one of many disease metaphors that may serve to gauge the social, even somatic damages inflicted by repressive political systems. A longstanding acquiescence in a corrupt, factional status quo, rooted in sectarian leaders' promises of protection—from the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire to present-day Lebanon (Hamzeh)—festered into the unprecedented nationwide revolution that swept the country in October 2019.The year 2019–2020 therefore brimmed with new and established voices—Lebanese journalists, activists, essayists, writers, and ... Read More
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  • "A Place on the Banknote": The Year in Malawi

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      Abstract: In his introduction to Political Prisoner 3/75, Sam Mpasu berates Malawian writers for what he suspects is their disinterest in documenting the lives of Malawi's many notable figures since independence. "There are no biographies or autobiographies in our bookshops," he laments: "We know little or nothing about the leading personalities who risked life and limb to fight for our freedom and independence" (ix). Mpasu further observes that this lack of interest remains well after Malawi returned to multiparty democracy in 1994,1 for there are no biographies or autobiographies of all the presidents and vice presidents who have since come and gone in Malawi's political history. What baffles Mpasu even more is that this ... Read More
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  • Periodismo, crimen, misoginia: El año en México

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      Abstract: Dos libros biográficos destacaron este último año: El vendedor de silencio, de Enrique Serna (2020) y El traidor, de Anabel Hernández (2019). El primero trata de la vida de un periodista importante a mediados del siglo XX; el segundo trata de un narcotraficante importante en los últimos veinte años. El tema de la violencia recorre estas distintas biografías, y otras que mencionaré más adelante. El conjunto muestra, en particular, la experiencia y la cambiante percepción de la violencia hacia las mujeres.Serna escribe acerca de Carlos Denegri (1910–1970), el periodista mexicano más conocido de toda Latinoamérica, según obituario del New York Times ("Mexican Newsman"). Otros periodistas recientemente le han dedicado ... Read More
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  • A Profusion of Perspectives: The Year in the Netherlands

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      Abstract: The biographical tradition in the Netherlands is blooming and inspiring biographers to think of new ways to explore well­known subjects. In what follows, we will discuss the tendency of the Dutch biographers to write a biography of someone who has already been the subject of a biography, which used to be a rare occurrence. We also see an increased interest of foreign biographers in writing about Dutch subjects. Finally, we will argue that choosing to focus a biography on a figure from abroad may lead to controversy, as was recently the case with two Dutch biographies of Nazi war criminals.In 2019, two biographies of Nazi criminals were published: Josef Kotalla: De beul van Amersfoort by Richard Hoving and Albert ... Read More
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  • Pandemic Diaries: The Year in Poland

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      Abstract: The year 2020 was exceptional in Poland—for the obvious reasons, but also because of the autobiographical practices of Poles. In the very first weeks of the pandemic, in the spring of 2020, several contests for "pandemic diaries" were announced. They followed a long history of Polish autobiographical writing competitions, which played a significant role in the social and humanistic traditions of the twentieth century. Throughout the twentieth century, well over 1500 diarywriting competitions took place in Poland (Rodak, "Past, Present, and Future"). Among pandemic diary competitions, I will discuss one in greater detail, which was organized by a group of young Polish sociologists and cultural scientists from the ... Read More
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  • Fighting Against Traditions of Silence: The Year in Portugal

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      Abstract: Apparently, some invisible but persistent barrier (social, political, or religious) prevents people from revealing their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences, and only prominent figures (mainly in sports, medicine, and politics) seem to feel the need to advertise their abilities or to justify their actions, seeking to come to terms with themselves. Contradicting this trend, Portuguese writer Rita Ferro released the third volume of her diary. Rita Ferro is the daughter of António Quadros, a wellknown writer and philosopher, and the granddaughter of Fernanda de Castro, a famous poet, and António Ferro, writer, politician, and member of the Salazar Government. A former marketing and design expert, Rita Ferro ... Read More
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  • Documenting Lives: The Year in Romania

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      Abstract: Recovering exemplary lives of the recent past and recording the lives of leading intellectuals and established cultural figures of the present have been two of the main directions of life writing in Romanian culture so far, and they have continued this past year as well. Among the year's exciting new releases are autobiographies about childhood and youth under communism by well-known writers; biographies of Cold War spies, interwar cultural figures, and iconic twentieth-century singers; diasporic letters of leading intellectuals; memorialistic forays into the first half of the previous century; and intellectuals' diaries or collected personal essays about a disillusioning present.A highly successful addition is the ... Read More
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  • Narratives of a Pandemic: The Year in Spain

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      Abstract: Looking back over the developments, events, and publications related to life writing in Spain between mid-2019 and mid-2020, I cannot help but focus on the second half of this period to account for the significant boom in life writing during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had an enormous impact on how people behave, how they see themselves and others, and how they narrate their experiences. But before dealing with pandemic life writing, I will provide a brief overview of pre-pandemic lifewriting publications.In line with the Spanish taste for polemical memoirs and diaries from politicians, the second half of 2019 saw the publication of Mariano Rajoy's Una España mejor, José Bono's Se levanta la sesión, and Jorge ... Read More
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  • Imagining Gender+ Justice amid the Pandemic: The Year in Turkey

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      Abstract: From mid-2019 to six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, publications on life writing by women and (sexual) minorities proliferated in Turkey. The anti-gender propensities of the right-populist Justice and Development Party (AKP) became starkly evident during the early phases of the pandemic amid skyrocketing cases of violence against women and sexual minorities. Three months into the pandemic, there were heated debates among feminist civil society organizations and in academia about preventing the government from pulling Turkey out of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, commonly referred to as the Istanbul Convention.1 Many nongovernmental ... Read More
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  • Necrography: The Year in the United Kingdom

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      Abstract: In the UK as elsewhere, this year's largest-scale discussion of life stories—which ones belong in public life and how they should be told—centered on statues. The killing of George Floyd in May 2020 intensified preexisting debates, began new ones, and in some cases, brought them to a rare point of actual change. In Bristol, a likeness of the slave trader Edward Colston was torn from its plinth, dragged through the streets, and dumped into the sea. Though Colston died in 1721, the statue had been erected in 1895; they had tried to use the conventional legal channels to get it removed, but protestors had been frustrated by years of inaction. Colston was later trawled up by the council, and now faces a future in a ... Read More
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  • Pandemic Reading: The Year in the United States

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      Abstract: As the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against racist police violence, and the 2020 presidential election roiled American life, book culture, like everything else, was disrupted. Bookstores and libraries closed their doors. Some book tours were moved online, but my usual habit of browsing for newly published life writing vanished. I live in a city where local authors launch books and writers swing through on tour. How I miss squeezing into the improvised presentation spaces of bookstores, the bonhomie of interviewers and authors, and the surprise question by a shopper who was just looking for a travel book but stayed to listen to the presentation. Small losses in a terrible year, but they reveal larger truths: namely ... Read More
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  • More Flailing in Public

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      Abstract: There has been an outpouring of tributes to Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago, in response to their passing in June this year. Some tributes, like those published in The Nation or n+1 (Butler et al.; Bordowitz et al. ), focus on Berlant's intellectual legacy, often prioritizing the importance of Cruel Optimism as an analytic frame for understanding the contemporary moment. Others, such as those published on the blog of the journal Berlant coedited, Critical Inquiry (Ferguson and Brown), are closer to forms of digital life writing. The personal ... Read More
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  • National Fantasies about the Self

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      Abstract: In my last exchange with Lauren Berlant, they asked me if I had read Patrisse Cullors's memoir written with asha bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist (2017). It was one of those out-of-the-blue messages you might get from Lauren about a book, art exhibit, film, television show, or in recent years, comedy routine, that you might find intellectually generative. And Lauren, queen of the "hated archive," negotiator of the pleasures and irritations of high, middle, and low, always saw that texts engendered something for someone. 1 We often did not agree on what that was, but the conflict was part of ... Read More
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  • An excerpt from Riva Lehrer's Golem Girl: A Memoir

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      Abstract: The following piece, entitled "Showing Up," is by Lauren Berlant, literary scholar and cultural theorist, who is the George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago.Riva and I had talked for years about her desire to include a portrait of me in her "Risk" series, which I understood to be of people whom she finds a little overwhelming. I liked how she collaborated with her subjects but I wasn't sure what I would want from being a fixed body. I'm a writer, not a figure; a voice, not an icon; most alive in the conceptual space my fingers produce beyond the body, not an object that makes objects.But in 2017 when again we spoke of it, I had just had a hysterectomy that showed significant tumor ... Read More
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