After graduation, after a divorce, after an election
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Sharman Apt Russell teaches writing at Western New Mexico University. She is the author of the forthcoming When the World Was Young: Love and Longing in American Archaeology (Addison-Wesley).
This girl is old enough to understand that she is dying. But she is not old enough to matter. This girl is probably already dead. A newspaper photograph of famine is like the light of stars extinguished many years ago.