In her essay, “On Keeping A Notebook,” Joan Didion described writers as being “anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.” That’s me. I am that. And it’s not just because I’m a writer, although I’m sure that doesn’t help matters. It’s because I have been on the verge of losing my life more than once. And now I worry that almost dying a bunch of times has made me afraid to actually live.
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