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Claire Carusillo

Claire Carusillo is a freelance writer in Brooklyn.
I used to work a fairly cushy, fairly mindless office job. When I happened to escape my desk for a doctor’s appointment or a mid-day hot dog in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan, I’d inevitably stop in a cafe to grab a coffee, steeling myself before my return. I’d look around the coffee shop at all the people there in the middle of the day, fiddling on their laptops or phones--they seemed to be on...