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May I Touch Your Hair?

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Personal and Otherwise — June 19, 2013, 9:00 am

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The author writes about the inspiration for “May I Touch Your Hair?”

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Mind on fire

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I want you I need you I love you

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Love is blind

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I sat in a taxi with Emma and her son, Stak, all three bodies muscled into the rear seat, and the boy checked the driver’s I.D. and immediately began to speak to the man in an unrecognizable language.

I conferred quietly with Emma, who said he was studying Pashto, privately, in his spare time. Afghani, she said, to enlighten me further.

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