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Human Parts

Silencing the Noise to Hear My Own Voice

What I learned about writing — and myself — after spending a summer alone in the woods

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HeHe made us lie on the couch in the small, dark apartment. This wasn’t just his favorite album; the work — from start to end — had changed him on a fundamental level. He wanted me to not just hear it, but experience it. My back against his stomach, his…




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Emily J. Smith

Emily J. Smith

Writer and founder of Chorus, the matchmaking app where friends swipe for friends. More at (or

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