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Jean Hannah Edelstein
These are some things I've been thinking about.
Created 28 May 2019
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  • a season of leisure and self-absorption
    15 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    I’ve noticed of late that people have started referring to ‘seasons’ of life, which I guess is thought to be a more graceful way to say ‘time’ or ‘phase’. ‘Season’ evokes a wafting breeze, a falling l...
  • I was not the person I used to be
    17 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    The air when I emerged from the exit of Penn Station had that scoopable thickness: that’s what the air is like in Manhattan in August. Hummus, but air. I appreciated its familiarity. The last time I c...
  • I am not the person I used to be
    17 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    The air when I emerged from the exit of Penn Station had that scoopable thickness: that’s what the air is like in Manhattan in August. Hummus, but air. I appreciated its familiarity. The last time I c...
  • Flowing linen items in colors that reference different types of dust
    20 Jul 2021 • 1 min read
    Jean will be beautiful when she’s 40 is a thing that a distinguished lady author of a certain age said to a friend of mine about me ten years ago. I mention that she was a distinguished lady author be...
  • I found myself fixed in place here
    03 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    My new evening habit is to walk the dog down the quiet suburban blocks where we live while sniffing the air for the scent of chlorine, in order to work out who has a backyard pool and who, therefore, ...
  • Not a complaint
    19 May 2021 • 2 min read
    Back when I moved to New York City and tried to figure out Americans, I dated for a brief while a man who told me — by way of telling me that he didn’t want to see me anymore — that I talked too much....
  • Now I have twice as many children
    13 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 14 0
    Now I have twice as many children as I did just over a week ago; that’s one way to describe it. Alternatively, I can now refer to ‘the kids’ with an attempt at the calm authority that my parents used ...
  • When you leave your home on a regular basis you see yourself
    18 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 5 0
    We never hung up our full-length mirror in this apartment. It’s still under the bed where E shoved it, intended to be temporary, when we moved to New Jersey in the summer. We never got around to it, I...
  • The idea that I dressed for myself
    23 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 4 0
    A small spray of white is now growing out of the parting in my hair. I wonder where it came from: whether it’s stress-related, or if it’s been with me for some time, but quelled, over the last few yea...
  • It’s so nice to have an opportunity to dress up!
    22 Dec 2020 • < 1 min read
    A small spray of white is now growing out of the parting in my hair. I wonder where it came from: whether it’s stress-related, or if it’s been with me for some time, but quelled, over the last few yea...
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