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Why I Sing

Feature Sarah Manguso

By high school I had a composition teacher, an ensemble teacher, a theory teacher, and a studio teacher, but what I really needed was a psychiatrist.

Out of guilt, I used to pretend to want to be a pianist. So much had already been given to me, and I didn’t know how to decline a gift.



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Issue 12



Winter 2011


Sarah Manguso’s books include The Two Kinds of Decay (Picador) and The Guardians (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Grant Books). ​


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