Her best kept secret

Cutting Room Floor

There was a point in our relationship when my mom chose to play Smith for me, just as there was a point when she decided that I was going to be her daughter.
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Diary of a sad clown

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“They dared me to kiss you because you’re so depressed,” he asserted matter-of-factly, before scurrying back to his friends.
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Not a eulogy, a celebration

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I remind myself of the eulogy “This Is Us” helped me to write for my grandfather’s memorial service. Except that it wasn’t a eulogy. It was a celebration.
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The Menzies Movie Cult

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When I thought of “The Room,” I didn’t think of Johnny’s diatribes and anguish-filled acting, but of the less-funny parts where his world was crumbling.
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A booty call to theater

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I didn’t need a big part in every show, or even in most shows — but I think the parts you gave me were a symptom of our incompatibility.
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Late blooming

My younger brother was the first person to show me “What Makes You Beautiful,” released in 2011. We probably played that song 30 times that afternoon and danced nonstop around the living room the whole time. We watched the music video and critiqued the attractiveness of all the lead singers
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Rookie mistake

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Founded in 2011, Rookie magazine is the unspoken, definitive bible for the cult of the cool, alternative girl. Rookie, for the uninitiated, was the “Daria” wannabe’s answer to Teen Vogue and Seventeen: Lisa Simpson-themed playlists, photoshoots with skateboarding witches and essays about the importance of being awkward were the perfect fodder
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Green for go

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I see colors when I read. There’s a scientific name for this sort of thing, but it’s kind of an awful-sounding mouthful, so instead, just take my word for it — I see colors when I read. Instead of externally visualizing anything, it’s more like I just inherently know them.
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