In the Ring of the Lamp

A lit torchière lamp.
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Late into another sticky summer night, as I hunched over my coffee table to chisel a few words into my dissertation, I heard a high mechanical buzz from the shade of my one-room apartment’s lone torchière lamp.

In keeping with my usual luck concerning all things grad school, I figured the bulb would soon short, warning me politely before leaving me to fend for myself in darkness. But when I looked up from my writing to…




Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, believe it or not.

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Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, believe it or not.

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