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The Dream of Acceptability
The dream of acceptability

I found it possible to concentrate. It worried me. I remember staring at my reflection in the mirror on the medicine cabinet. “Here you are, nine years old,” I told my image. “And what have you done? You're nothing… nothing but a failure.”

(Vincente Minnelli, I Remember It Well)

[I]t was clear to me that no one had looked at me in years. All of the other attentions had been fleeting, partial, obstructed: now, at a moment's notice, now and at last I was.

(Scott Spencer, Endless Love)


Since fifth-century Athens, fame has been a way of expressing either the legitimacy of the individual within society or (in the Christian and spiritual model) the legitimacy of the individual as opposed to the ...

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