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The Saddest Story I’ve Ever Read

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“She began to nod. She was holding onto a carton of milk. It would spill. Like diarrhea-in-the-bed all over again. Another mess. The daughter tried to take the carton of milk away. She… held on defiantly.” – From I Want To Live by Thom Jones

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The Daily Rumpus, The Early Years

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I started writing The Daily Rumpus email December 8, 2008, over a month before the actual launch of The Rumpus website. I didn’t think I’d be writing them still more than five years later. Here are the first five.

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My Little Brother Ruined My Life

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“Are you a masochist?” It’s the first thing Bosco asks me. He’s 14 years old now, almost my height, 5′ 8″, creamy white skin, and a small, German nose from my stepmother’s side of the family.

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The Drunk Whisperer

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Argentina lost to Germany today and it made me sad. I didn’t know that I cared. But my roommate got Argentina’s national team logo tattooed on his forearm and because I care about my roommate I care about Argentina. He actually went further than the tattoo.

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San Francisco

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It’s so pretty in San Francisco right now. All the clouds coming in above the blue and pink lights of the 500 Club. There’s the tattoo parlor and the laundrette and close by the bar with the bike rack and Adobe Books where they once organized all the books by color.

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