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Like a metaphor rendered incomprehensible by its ubiquity, there was room enough in in what she had left me for endless imaginings, for an infinite set of Margos.
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And maybe this was what I needed to do above all. I need to discover what Margo was doing when she wasn’t being Margo.
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These are things I cannot imagine, and I realize I cannot imagine them because I didn’t know Margo. I knew how she smelled, and I knew how she acted in front of me, and I knew how she acted in front of others, and I knew that she liked Mountain Dew and adventure and dramatic gestures, and I knew that she was funny and smart and generally MORE than the rest of us. But I didn’t know what brought her here, or what kept her here, or what made her leave. I didn’t know what she did at night, with the shades down, with the door locked, in the sealed privacy of her room.
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In the end, the rats didn’t matter, not really, because I was in a place where Margo had been alive. I was in a place that saw her after I did, and the warmth of that made the minimall almost comfortable.
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A poem can’t do its work if you only read snippets of it.
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I’m reading it to try and understand Margo, not to try to understand Whitman.
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notexisting-onlysurviving asked: HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE HASSAN HARBISH's NAME?!?!?! Pleaseeeee help me
While I am no expert on the subject, I have always pronounced it like it’s spelled.
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I had not cried for Margo until then, but now finally I did, pounding against the ground and shouting because there was no one to hear: I missed her I missed her I missed her I missed her.
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I wanted Margo’s disappearance to change me; but it hadn’t, not really.
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A long line of cars trailed behind me, and I felt anxious about holding them up; I marveled at how I could still had room to worry about such petty, ridiculous crap as whether the guy in the SUV behind me thought I was an excessively cautious driver.
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YOU WILL GO TO THE PAPER TOWNS
AND YOU WILL NEVER COME BACK
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I am so fucking glad to see that dead fucking raccoon.
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I think maybe the reason I spent most of my life being afraid is that I have been trying to prepare myself, to train my body for when the real fear comes. But I am not prepared.
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I can hear Margo that night as we drive around Orlando. I can hear her saying to me, “I don’t want some kids to find me swarmed with flies on a Saturday morning in Jefferson Park.” Not wanting to be found by some kids in Jefferson Park isn’t the same as not wanting to die.
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Only now, after all this lost time, do I realize how terribly I had misunderstood both her game and the prize for winning it.
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