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MIRRORINGS: The late great Lucy Grealy on her face, tragedy, beauty and identity

Thanks to Julia Arthur for two #longreads on Lucy Grealy. Below, from Grealy herself in Harper’s (1993), and here from her friend Ann Patchett in New York Magazine, 2003.

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There was a long period of time, almost a year, during which I never looked in a mirror. It wasn’t easy, for I’d never suspected just how omnipresent are our own images. I began by merely avoiding mirrors, but by the end of the year I found myself with an acute knowledge of the reflected image, its numerous tricks and wiles, how it can spring up at any moment: a glass tabletop, a well-polished door handle, a darkened window, a pair of sunglasses, a restaurant’s otherwise magnificent brass-plated coffee machine sitting innocently by the cash register.

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    This was the most beautiful essay I’ve read in awhile.
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    reblogging this bc it’s one of my homework assignments ~this won’t be distracting @ all~ also note to self my instructor...
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    reconciliation (versus Lucy’s lack...ear, sounds I’ll never hear again. Other...
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    reading this for class rn
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    Beautiful.
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