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On Nostalgia

At various times in my life, I’ve experienced what I can only call acute attacks of nostalgia. Though I’m not sure this word accurately describes my experience, as most definitions of nostalgia incorporate the idea of wistfulness, which sounds gentle and airy. My experience is far more visceral, in which I am seized by an intense feeling of loss and grief that grabs hold of my heart and won’t let go, at least for a while. The first time I can remember feeling this was when I was 10 years old. I don’t remember what was...

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