In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Marian Crotty played the clarinet in her college’s marching band and wind ensemble. The author of the short-story collection What Counts as Love, she lives in Baltimore, where she teaches at Loyola University Maryland.
She liked classic rock and country, while I favored singer-songwriters with whispery voices and acoustic guitars. She teased me that this was typical of kids whose older parents had made them listen to Bob Dylan instead of Michael Jackson. In fact, my parents had usually listened to silence, but I liked her theory anyway, because it suggested that my personality was not my fault.