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What Life in the Real World Costs

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Wonderful, wonderful piece by Mona Simpson. It opens:

‘I applied to college sitting on the carpeted stairway of our apartment, yelling down questions to my mother. “Mom, am I anything?”’

SPOILER - but such beautiful language:

"Now that I’m long grown, I’m aware that it’s not a small club, those of us who grew up with a mentally ill parent. One thing that’s seldom talked about is the journey to the other side, which, for people who had a deep bond with an illusionist, can be fraught with as many losses as gains.”