An Essay in the Fifth Person

When it comes to identity, the best we can do is ask questions

Nicole Stawiarski
Human Parts

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II recently read a writing prompt that stated that every seven years, all of the cells in our bodies shed and replace themselves, suggesting that every seven years we essentially become a new person.

One of my high school teachers used to say there were two kinds of people in the world…

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