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Port Mungo

by Patrick McGrath

What does society owe an artist? How should we acknowledge genius? How do families cope with a genius in their midst? This story is about demands and sacrifice, and how no man is an island. John Donne would love it

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The next day she came home with her head a mess of tufts and spikes, having had all her lovely hair cut off by a kid she'd met in Washington Square Park. I was very shocked by it.

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