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The Rejection Lab

What can researching human responses to rejection tell us about ourselves?

Illustration by Kyle Griggs

OOne spring day on Long Island, I perused hundreds of photos of single, dateable men on a computer. One man had a thick, black mane — he was a stylist in Manhattan’s Koreatown — and was hugging a smiley pug. Did I like him? Awww: I clicked Very Likely Yes. One man was a banker: Definitely No: sorry, bankers…

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Alison Kinney

Alison Kinney

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AVIDLY READS OPERA (NYU Press Oct 2021) and HOOD (Bloomsbury 2016). Words @ Paris Review Daily, TNY, NYT, Lapham’s Quarterly, Longreads, The Guardian, VAN