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Mar
21

It is only painful if you were paying attention in the first place

What “used to be” is painful to remember.

Elegy for a Country’s Seasons by Zadie Smith
There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate words. Is that surprising? People in mourning tend to use euphemism; likewise the guilty and ashamed. The most melancholy of all the euphemisms: “The new normal.” “It’s the new normal,” I think, as a beloved pear tree, half-drowned, loses its grip on the earth and falls over. The train line to Cornwall washes away—the new norma…

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