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My maternal grandmother never fully adapted to life in New Mexico. The minks gave her away. She moved to Albuquerque with three young children in the mid-1950s, following her husband all the way from Manhattan (with a brief detour in Nebraska) in pursuit of cleaner air and a noble call to defend tax legislation in the Wild West. Albuquerque is the kind of place where lawyers can wear bolo ties and gallon hats to court,...
Here is the best way to listen to Mitski’s “Your Best American Girl”: Put it on three times in a row. For the first listen, allow the song to perform open-heart surgery. Give yourself over to the fuzzed-out power chords that swell in the chorus and then crash into your ears like waves looking for a boat to capsize. Live through the emotions that the song’s electric denouement bubbles up; let them buffet against...

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