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Pin Ups

Lunghezza:
44 pagine
36 minuti
Pubblicato:
Sep 8, 2020
ISBN:
9781953340306
Formato:
Libro

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When Yi Shun Lai was old enough, her mother bought her a subscription to 'Teen magazine, in the hopes that she'd shed her tomboy skin to reveal a polished young lady. But Lai cut out all the wrong articles—girls on BMX bikes, girls on the gridiron, girls on the ski slopes and in the ocean—and these women became her role models. Pin Ups is the story of Lai's quest to join these women in their ranks.


Pubblicato:
Sep 8, 2020
ISBN:
9781953340306
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

Yi Shun Lai (say "yeeshun" for her first name; "lie" for her last) is the fiction editor and a co-publisher of the Tahoma Literary Review.

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My friend Erik took a solo canoe trip down the entirety of the Mississippi River the summer of 2018. He camped at random islands and beaches and parks over three months, and he relied on the kindness of strangers the whole way. This last is one of those plot points that would ordinarily scream cliché if it didn’t truly happen, with photos and news coverage to prove it.

This is the kind of trip I’d have fancied myself undertaking at some point; the kind of thing I always knew I could do if I set my mind to it. Such endeavors were the bulk of my aspirations when I was in my teens and early twenties.

Witness the mock cover letter I wrote just after graduating. Aside from listing my accomplishments to date and the reason I wanted to work for so-and-so publication, I also wrote that my biggest goal was to hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. My advisers quickly cautioned against including anything of that sort: they said it would look like I was too eager for vacation time.

I’d never thought of it that way. For me, wanting to tackle something like the Appalachian Trail was an indication of dedication, passion, gumption, other things I didn’t understand at age 20. Further, it indicated a capability to be At One with the great outdoors and survive on sheer wits and loneliness and sticks of butter, like one hiker I’d read about had done. For a reason I can’t pin down, a big outdoors endeavor like this was sexy to me, maybe because of its sheer distance from anything I had ever done before.

It’s probably safer to say that thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail was only a symptom of the person I thought I wanted to be: One of those who was at home no matter what the condition. I wanted to be the type to survive out of a little backpack and call it luxurious, say laconically, when people asked me, What I have is enough, as if enough were the most I could ever want.

I’m not sure where I got this idea, because it had certainly never been posited to me in my cushy, advantaged upbringing. And I was never encouraged to get lost in the woods as a child: good girls don’t do such things in my culture.

And yet, when Mrs. Salo, my third-grade teacher, read to us from Wind in the Willows, I felt a kinship with Mole, lost in the woods and hunting for home with his best friend Ratty. He was immediately a kind of beacon character for me as I, too, looked for something I couldn’t find or even define.

Later, in my pre-teens, my mother bought me a subscription to ‘Teen magazine. She said it was so I could be more of

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