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Five Star Friday's 243rd Edition Is Brought to You By Alice Munro

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a fatherless daughter on Father's Day, a comedian learning from experience, being an outsider on the inside, missing a father, swimming through identities, and

Alice Munro

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Leisurely Summer Reading: Child's Play

photo credit:

Peter Patau

The complexity of things — the things within things — just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
     — Alice Munro

Happy Friday!

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Father's Day: The Meeting

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Isabelle Pierre

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Postbourgie

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To increase the level of my suffering, I used to love to tell this story in this exact way: When we lived in Brooklyn. My father lived 15 minutes away. He never came to see us. Sometimes I'd add: He lives in a big house with his wife and his other kids. None of this is false. However, my attachment to the story was how I staked my claim in the history of fatherless daughters. His absence set off a chain reaction and it was my fate to become this: A girl, a very needy girl, destined to search for daddy's love between the legs of various men.

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A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes

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Patton Oswalt

at

PattonOswalt.com

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I'm a man. I get to be wrong. And I get to change.

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Being Female: An Unwelcome Reminder

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Tele Aadsen

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Hooked

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Dodging the shrapnel of encounters like these, I wonder how a person can find her greatest love and truest identity in a world that consistently says she doesn't belong. How can I saunter these docks with more confidence, more certainty in who I am and my authority to be here, than anywhere else I've known?

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Still Here

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Lesbian Dad

at

LesbianDad.net

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I've missed him more and more lately, because there has been more and more of him to miss. Even as, paradoxically, some wisp of truth, however unlikely, persists. The other day, when I left his place, he said to the kind attendant who would be there with him for the night, "There he goes."

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Self-Made Man #22: Second Person

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Thomas Page McBee

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The Rumpus

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You dream yourself into being; you, your own twin — you come as you are: the second person and the first one, too.

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