Human Parts
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Human Parts

This Is Us

The Body Records, But the Mind Transcribes

Notes on a childhood memory

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My earliest memory, and thus the beginning of my selfhood, has absence at its heart. I don’t remember much about knocking out my front tooth. By that I mean I have an incomplete, fragmentary recollection of what happened Before and what happened After. I remember sliding around the kitchen floor in my…




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Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul

English Professor. Author of "Conspiracy of One," a small book of short stories, and “The Coward," a collection of essays.

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