This Is Us

On Keeping a Comic Book

Reading these little-loved X-Men comics brings my pre-teen self back to life. I don’t always like him.

Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Human Parts
Published in
17 min readOct 5, 2022

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A very indoor-kid-looking indoor kid —a  boy, about thirteen or fourteen — sits on a dock reading instead of swimming.
Get in the water, you little dweeb. Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

For a long time — say, from age twenty-two to thirty-six — I did not think about anything that happened when I was a teenager. I wasn’t repressing memories. I knew everything that had taken place, in a dry…

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Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Human Parts

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.