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The Small-Town Secret I Kept for 12 Years

When I was 17, I smiled constantly, still hiding the worst secret of my life. By that point, I was barely conscious of keeping it. Seven years earlier, when I was just 10 years old, a town scandal had unfolded, pitting girl against girl. I had determined, at that point, to forget all that had happened—the lie I’d told… » 8/15/15 3:30pm 8/15/15 3:30pm

When You Love-Hate the Place You’re From

Sure, every place is fucked up in some regard. Every place has a story of awfulness in its past or present. But some places are notoriously backwards, and if you’re from one of them, you might carry the irreconcilable tension of loving and loathing it for life. Even when you move away. Especially when you move away. » 4/05/15 12:45pm 4/05/15 12:45pm