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The two kinds of decay

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Sarah Manguso wrote a short memoir on her 9 years with a strange, terrible, Guillain Barre -ish disease: The Two Kinds of Decay. There’s something about her style — short paragraphs, understatement, detachment — that compels me, and though on occasion she can be clumsy with metaphors, she can write fragments of simple, unexpected poignancy:

I waited seven years to forget just enough — so that when I tried to remember, I could do it thoroughly. There are only a few things to remember now, and the lost things are absolutely, comfortingly gone.

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