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Lynne Knight

Lynne Knight fancied herself a writer in her twenties, but after several years of existential angst and hippie abandon — and very little progress — she listened to her mother, who said, “Maybe if you stopped living like a writer and actually sat down and wrote something, you’d get somewhere.” She lives in Berkeley, California.

— From August 2015
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Substantial Dark

No one, I read online, understands why Parkinson’s causes dopamine-producing cells to die off in a region of the brain called the “substantia nigra.” With my limited knowledge of Latin I translated this as the “substantial dark” — a place in my mother’s head where words such as eyebrow, sink, and broccoli had disappeared.

August 2015
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