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for a time i too could only look at the mountains and see death and injury i know countless widows around thes
For a time, I too could only look at the mountains and see death and injury. I know countless widows around these mountains. The alpinist Will Gadd recently told me: “If you only see death in the mountains, then you’ll never go there.” @outsidemagazine https://t.co/1n3pZdsGmZ
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how does a city obliterate or ignore its past again i think it has to do with walking or the lack of walking t
"How does a city obliterate, or ignore, its past? Again, I think, it has to do with walking, or the lack of walking, the inability to still our gaze." https://t.co/JCac1GGxkn @davidulin @ucpress
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ultimately i had the idea that i should write a history of the united states but not just the mainland id mean
"Ultimately I had the idea that I should write a history of the United States, but not just the mainland; I’d mean the entire area where the flag flies." @dimmerwahr @fsgbooks https://t.co/7pk6fdwxOg @bridey_heing
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i am used to this by now used to knowing that i will never be used to this that this part of her will never no
"I am used to this by now, used to knowing that I will never be used to this — that this part of her will never not break me, that this may be the rest of our lives. The two of us here, in this house, waiting for my father." https://t.co/VL897OIYss @TKMadden @TheSunMagazine
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maybe all ive ever done is this imagine my mother aldrichmax and jilltalbot
“Maybe all I’ve ever done is this: imagine my mother.” @AldrichMax and @jilltalbot https://t.co/nK68ap8a7l
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it was in that moment that a realization came to me if my life was going this badly maybe i didnt know everyth
"It was in that moment that a realization came to me: if my life was going this badly, maybe I didn’t know everything, like I thought I did." @britnidlc https://t.co/jGi3b8byyU
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he moved in and grabbed the python near the base of its head suddenly two bird feet popped out of the snakes m
"He moved in and grabbed the python near the base of its head. Suddenly two bird feet popped out of the snake’s mouth....The snake writhed and in one fell swoop regurgitated a pair of full-grown Great Blue Herons." @cbsweeney @audubonsociety https://t.co/DXChWWpdns
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i am not a relic i say over and over at every event as if it were a conjuring and it is an affirmation congrat
"I am not a relic, I say over and over at every event as if it were a conjuring, and it is an affirmation." Congratulations to 2019 Whiting Award winner in Nonfiction, @TereseMarieM! @WhitingAwar#FineLinesdhttps://t.co/OeBaayuzSys
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the highway of hope for pro sports is littered with talented kids who couldnt handle the duress of training th
“...the highway of hope for pro sports is littered with talented kids who couldn’t handle the duress of training. Those on the court are the survivors. They’re not the best athletes, but are the best to survive the rigors that being a pro athlete entails.” https://t.co/D2KXnTt6N9
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through a vent in the wall i caught an orange glow the lights from an underground parking garage i crouched an
"Through a vent in the wall, I caught an orange glow — the lights from an underground parking garage. I crouched and watched a woman with dark hair get into her car, back out, and drive away, and I felt like a ghost peering in on the city of the living." https://t.co/pGxfiwYOgI

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in 2016 s report showed that the wealthiest 62 individuals owned the same amount as the bottom half of the wor
"In 2016, @Oxfam's report showed that the wealthiest 62 individuals owned the same amount as the bottom half of the world’s population. This year, that number had dropped to 42: 3.5 dozen people with as much stuff as 3.5 billion." @OliverBullough @guardian https://t.co/txRbNCVKep
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happy amazon changed the amount of time workers had to stow an item from six minutes to four minutes and 12 se
Happy #PrimeDay! "Amazon changed the amount of time workers had to stow an item from six minutes to four minutes and 12 seconds. 'They make it like the Hunger Games,' a former carpenter said. 'That’s what we actually call it.'" https://t.co/ArkiODuNHO
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i was late and slow a slow learner but not as late as her i love to tell her story because peopleparticularly
"I was late and slow. A slow learner. But not as late as her. I love to tell her story because people—particularly women—need to hear that you can start late." Ursula K. Le Guin https://t.co/b8B0bVohqZ
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help us raise 50000 for writers editors fact checkers transcribers illustrators and photographers
Help us raise $50,000 for writers, editors, fact-checkers, transcribers, illustrators, and photographers: https://t.co/UZJG1uHeVF https://t.co/IyBVTddoeW
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i believe that gifted editors are rarer than talented reporters if you have the knack for it i just wanna say
"I believe that gifted editors are rarer than talented reporters. If you have the knack for it, I just wanna say: go for it. I really want to give you a nudge of encouragement in that direction. It’s a wonderful job and journalism needs you." https://t.co/mg8BeY14Sx @iraglass
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public displays of nazism have been on the rise in the us since right around last november 8 noyinzoe longread
Public displays of Nazism have been on the rise in the U.S. since right around last November 8. @noyinzoe #longreads https://t.co/9apcOPlMcY
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it was my first civil rights song simone recalled and it erupted out of me quicker than i could write it down
“It was my first civil rights song,” Simone recalled, “and it erupted out of me quicker than I could write it down.” https://t.co/U3CMBke34e
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held up taping of the office because he refused to be a scab each extra moment of discomfort he conveyed to t
"@SteveCarell held up taping of The Office because he refused to be a scab. Each extra moment of discomfort he conveyed to the network, each bit of pay he lost, meant more leverage afforded to the striker." @SorayaRoberts https://t.co/TDKeumBojR
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no one who saw it wished to see it again although of course many saw it again tomjunod esquire september11
"No one who saw it wished to see it again, although, of course, many saw it again." @TomJunod @esquire #September11 https://t.co/VgmmDjmgMP
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joearpaio s officers burned a dog alive then laughed as the dogs owners cried danielleiat phoenixnewtimes
"#JoeArpaio's officers burned a dog alive... then laughed as the dog’s owners cried." @danielleiat @phoenixnewtimes https://t.co/Z8WwgrFENr
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