André Aciman

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Like every experience that marks us for a lifetime,

Like every experience that marks us for a lifetime, I found myself turned inside out, drawn and quartered. this was the sum of everything I’d been in my life–and more: who I am when I sing and stir-fry vegetables for my family and friends on Sunday afternoons; who I am when I wake up on freezing nights and want nothing more than to throw on a sweater, rush to my desk, and write about the person I know no one knows I am; who I am when I crave to be naked with another naked body, or when I crave to be alone in the world; who I am when every part of me seems miles and centuries apart and each swears it bears my name.

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