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Shoulder Bag

On the limits and constraints of what one life can hold

Illustration by Rachel Frankel

InIn 2009, when I was twenty-two, I bought a small, black shoulder bag from a department store along the rue de Passy, in Paris. The bag was about twelve inches tall by ten inches wide, and made of a cheap sturdy fabric — the kind used to make dog toys, cargo pants, and discount patio furniture. Weighing no more than four or five pounds when full, it…

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Harrison Hill

Essays and criticism in Travel + Leisure, The American Scholar, LA Review of Books, The Threepenny Review, The Point, The Rumpus, & others. HarrisonWasHere.com