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Christian Lorentzen

Lorentzen was born in 1976 and grew up outside Boston. He graduated from Harvard in 1999 with a degree in ...

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This was a misjudgment. Not growing up — that is, the refusal to put away childish things and indeed to maintain and affirm one’s inner child, even to the extent that it may blossom into an outer child, though with the wrinkled face of a seeming adult—this is in no sense a problem. Childhood is the only source of authenticity in America.