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Cecily Kellogg
Cecily Kellogg • 2 years ago

"Well, this is the great thing about writing. You don’t have to give everybody a vote. You are not the community board. You’re you. I write what I think. And if somebody else feels differently, they can write their own story. Now in the real world, the people who didn’t like Coney Island won. They won." -- Katha Pollitt, author of LEARNING TO DRIVE, The Bat Segundo Show, #143

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