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August 19, 2011


This was a beautifully unnecessary post. Here's to choosing.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Anna.

Roxane Gay is my hero. Everybody, read Roxane Gay.

Matt, I choose you as my dear friend.

I just stumbled onto ISAK through your reporting (2010) about the Mississippi Review, then back-linked to this --this great piece about (un)necessity and identity. I'm blown away. Fantastic story. It didn't remind me of anything except life itself --I don't think I've ever read another essay about the writing life that got this truth of it so well. Thank you, Anna Clark.

Wow, Chris Huntington, thank you so much for saying that. That's amazing. And thanks too for providing a link back to your site. It seems like we may have more than a few things in common -- like low-res MFAs & spending lots of time in prisons. I'm eager to discover your writing ...

So beautiful, and accurate. And I would wager that it is only beautiful and accurate because you have chosen and chosen and chosen to write, allowing words to be both servant and master until the sublime happens. 'the Eucharist on my tongue'...gave me delicious chills.

Thank you sweetly, Anne.

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