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“You couldn’t have made up this mule farmer,” writer Margaret Eby says over drinks at King Tai, a Crown Heights bar that serves piña coladas on the rocks. She’s talking about the cousin of Harry Crews, the cult-favorite Georgia novelist whose 1978 memoir, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, Eby had set out to trace through his home of Bacon County, Georgia. “I actually sketched out a map,” she says. “I knew about...
The holidays can be a depressing time. Everybody knows this. But knowing something—simply recognizing it—does not necessarily solve the problem. Sometimes it only makes it worse to put a name on a thing, because once you've named a thing, it becomes that much more real (see also: diseases, children). But so, what we've always found helps relieve our misery is, well, company. But not company like other real-life people. No, company like other people in...

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