Human Parts
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Human Parts

What It’s Like to Have a Linguist for a Mom

Lessons on creativity, comma placement, and life

EEvery story, novel, poem, or parody I write gets a first-cut edit from my mother, and it happens without her ever laying eyes on the piece. She is always in my head, gazing at me from the ridge of a ravine.



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Audrey Burges

Author, THE MINISCULE MANSION OF MYRA MALONE (Berkley 2023); work in McSweeney’s, Belladonna, Slackjaw, & elsewhere. Twitter: @audrey_burges;