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"I do triage on everything that comes through the door, and if it's not something we need (now, for real—not maybe someday) or something that deserves to be saved for posterity, it's discarded. I stop before I let myself drop something into a drawer or set it down on the piano. "Where does it belong?" I think. If I don't have a place for it, I make a place."

Michelle Herman , a writer and English p rofessor at Ohio State University
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