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I’ve Had an Imaginary Glob of Peanut Butter in My Throat for 9 Months

Dispatches from the weird world of conversion disorders

Jennie Young
Human Parts
Published in
4 min readJul 8, 2020

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A woman holds a mirror over her face that reflects the bright light of the vivid red sunset.
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I have something stuck in my craw. I’m not speaking figuratively. I’ve had something caught in my throat for nine months now.

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Jennie Young
Human Parts

Professor and humor writer in Green Bay. McSweeney’s, The Independent, HuffPost, Ms. Mag, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, Slackjaw, Weekly Humorist, others.