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Feel Free
Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right. Arranged into five sections--In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network--and Facebook itself--really about? "It's a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore." Why do we love libraries? "Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay." What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? "So I might say to her, look: the thing you have to appreciate is that we'd just been through a century of relativism and deconstruction, in which we were informed that most of our fondest-held principles were either uncertain or simple wishful thinking, and in many areas of our lives we had already been asked to accept that nothing is essential and everything changes--and this had taken the fight out of us somewhat." Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, "Joy," and, "Find Your Beach," Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive--and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.
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WomanistBibliophile
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Another selection of books from #thefreeblackwomenslibrary reading challenge! I‘ve been an avid reader from the age of 3 but didn‘t read a book written by a Black woman until I was 15 (The Color Purple 💜). And even then I didn‘t consciously begin seeking out Black women authors until I was in my late 20s. Doing so has been revelatory for me. I‘ve learned so much about myself and the world around me—I only wish I had begun sooner! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

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andytbarnes
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Public Service Announcement: if you are like me and love free books you should join! Most Penguin Random House books, ebooks, and (I think but don‘t quote me on this because I personally don‘t buy these)audiobooks accepted. Might as well get rewards for something you are already doing.

CaroPi Sadly is only for US residents 3mo
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Eggs
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arlenefinnigan Perfect! 5mo
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tholmz
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I‘m biracial and this collection had one of the best essays I‘ve read on being biracial. It also had stuff I did not connect to, but it was very good overall, and is definitely a book I‘ll return to in the future.

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WomanistBibliophile
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Neglected libraries get neglected and this cycle provides the excuse to close them. Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.
The reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. A library is a different kind of social reality

Weaponxgirl The loss of libraries around the country is a huge loss. As is losing experienced librarians in some cases so the physical building is there but the expertise that helps makes it special is lost 6mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, the libraries in my county are under review, the council plans to close many and turn some into volunteer run services. The local community are campaigning against it. The library ZS writes about here was sold so it doesn‘t look hopeful for others 5mo
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Tanisha_A
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National Book Critics Circle Awardees, 2018

readinginthedark Looks like some good titles! I'll have to read a few of these. 11mo
Tanisha_A @readinginthedark I just finished reading Milkman, and that's something i'd recommend. Think i'd want to get to Feel Free next from this list. 11mo
readinginthedark @Tanisha_A Good to know! 9mo
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PrincessHeidiii
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This was an interesting collection of essays, I‘ve never read this author before
Some of it was a little slow, but I think it‘s because I was familiar with her previous work. Overall, very enjoyable.

suzisteffen @PrincessHeidiii Oooh you have some fiction treats in store!! 13mo
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Morr_Books
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I really meant to post this a few hours ago. I finished another book thanks to #24in48! It is my third Zadie Smith book this month, and my first essay collection. I really enjoyed it!

readordierachel I really liked this one too! 13mo
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Morr_Books
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More than 1/4 through #24in48. Decided to get up and move, while there was a break in the rain. The sun even decided to come out a bit!

Kaye 🌟 13mo
Wife 🌹 13mo
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mdhughes72
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Bailedbailed

I tried, y‘all. I really did. But I just couldn‘t bring myself to care about this one. So much ink spilled on things I cared less than nothing about. And the narrator‘s voice was truly insufferable! I decided that even though I‘d gotten nearly halfway through and could push through to the end, life‘s too short to waste on lousy books! This is my second dud in a row, but good news! My current read is a winner. Be looking for that one soon.

enidkeaner Zadie Smith does come of as kind of insufferable 13mo
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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

I did a fifth of this collection of essays on audio and came up against the same brick wall that makes me deeply dislike her fiction: she is so stuck up in her head that I don‘t feel a god damn thing when I read her. I‘m glad Zadie Smith exists in the world, but she is not a writer for me.

JordanGraft Same! I can't get through her books. They're just not for me 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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Yossarian
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Zadie Smith is one of my favorite authors because she (1) will write this sentence knowing how silly it is; and (2) completely back it up in the essay such that it is clear by the end that the sentence could not have been written any other way.

RedbagReadbooks The line made me think of the reported coverage of him at the Anne Frank memorial and quoting about his hope that she would have been a “belieber” 🙄. Random thought 1y
Blaire That is wonderful!! 1y
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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

I always love Zadie Smith‘s writing style but I didn‘t enjoy this as much as her novels. I don‘t agree with her on social media, which she describes as unremittingly evil, and I find that quite reductive tho I wouldn‘t say social media is 100% good for everyone, it‘s a more complicated issue than that. There were generational differences between us on some other things, but her arts & literature commentary was fascinating and insightful.

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LaurenReads
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I loved some essays and others went right over my head, but I enjoyed the whole book. Smith is so freaking smart and she makes me want to be more well rounded 😀 #nonfiction #essays #audiobook

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readordierachel How are you liking it? 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel I'm loving it! I've only read a few essays, but I'm convinced she's one of the smartest writers alive. 2y
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readordierachel
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This was a pleasure to read. The essays touch on a myriad of topics: libraries, Brexit/politics, social media, rap, comedy, music, literature, film, art, family, travel. Smith is so damn smart. I will admit that some of these essays were a little esoteric, but even when I didn‘t know much (or anything) about the topic she was discussing, I was still in thrall to her writing. She makes the inaccessible accessible, and the accessible special.

vivastory Fantastic review! I can't wait to read this! 2y
readordierachel @vivastory I think you'll really like it 😊 2y
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readordierachel
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mrozzz Loving the quotes you‘re sharing. Love Smith 💗 2y
readordierachel @mrozzz I'm officially a fan. Now I want to read everything she's ever written 😍 2y
mrozzz 😄 I hope you do! 2y
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readordierachel
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"Early on, for better or worse, I chose whose child I wanted to be: the child of the novel. Almost everything else was subjugated to this ruling passion, reading stories."

vivastory TBT: To Be Tattooed. That's amazing! 2y
readordierachel @vivastory Right?! I'm smitten. 2y
batsy That's a fabulous quote. 2y
readordierachel @batsy Isn't it? There are so many quotable moments in this book. 2y
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Billypar
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Zadie Smith is brilliant: I don't think there's any other word for it, and after reading this essay collection I have a new urgency to finally start trying her novels. She writes about art with lucidity and insight: these essays are well-structured and meticulously organized but they still feel unexpected in the directions they take. Her riff on Bieber vs Buber is one of many highlights.

readordierachel Great review. I'm reading this right now and absolutely loving it. 2y
Louise I read White Teeth many years ago and was impressed with her skill as a young writer. This book of essays sounds great! Added to TBR! 2y
Billypar @ReadOrDieRachel Thanks! Yeah, you know it's good when you haven't experienced the art/movie/book she's describing but you're still fascinated by where she goes with her analysis. 2y
Billypar @Louise I've heard lots of good things about White Teeth- I think I'm either going to start with that or NW. 2y
Louise @Billypar You can‘t really go wrong with Zadie Smith! Happy reading! 2y
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vivastory Love this 2y
readordierachel @vivastory I'm only a quarter in, but this seems like it might be up your alley. She's already covered libraries, politics, music, and Key and Peele. Super interesting. 2y
vivastory I checked this out from the library a couple of weeks ago. Definitely going to move it up on my TBR! 2y
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vivastory This will be my first time reading her. Have you read her before? 2y
readordierachel @vivastory I read White Teeth when I was in college and remember really loving it, although most of the details have faded (it's been awhile...) I have a couple of her other books sitting on my shelf but I haven't gotten to them yet. This is making me want to pick them up! And reread White Teeth. 2y
vivastory I have the feeling she will become a new personal favorite. I can't wait to explore her work. 2y
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Billypar
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Overdrive, I love you, and the last thing I want to do is go all literary snob on you. But...I think you mean 'Rimbaud' 😳

rubyslippersreads 😂😂😂 2y
Sace 🤣🤣🤣 2y
vivastory I'd watch the hell out of a Rambo featuring a poetry writing/ absinthe imbibing Stallone 2y
Billypar @vivastory Ha- yes I would tune in for that 😸 My automatic thought was what a Zadie Smith essay on Rambo would be like....nothing against Rimbaud, but this was slightly disappointing. 2y
Aimeesue Hahahahaha! 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I started this book like a month ago. Because it was essays, it was very easy to put down for long stretches of time. Some of the essays I loved. Others talked a lot on subjects I don‘t know much about or have a lot of interest in. But overall I think this collection was great.

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spinesvines
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#DiverseSpines | Day 7 Spine Poetry

I‘m loving my spine poetry either way you read it!

Where The Line Bleeds
The Perfect Find
A Kind of Freedom
Feel Free ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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✨✨✨✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Feel Free
A Kind of Freedom
The Perfect Find
Where The Line Bleeds

#spinesvines #books #wine #photochallenge #day7 #spinepoetry

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JoScho I was just thinking about you and realized I hadn‘t seen any posts from you today. Glad you are here 😊❤️ 2y
GripLitGrl @JoScho 🤗💕thanks it was a hectic Sunday playing catch up now. 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Quite an interesting collection of essays, on all sorts of topics including changing cities, class structure, visual art, writing, film, philosophy, and personal themes. I enjoyed the ones about literature and the personal essays the most. I like how unpedantic her writing is and her meandering style that goes from one related topic to the next within one essay. Sometimes an essay starts out seeming to be about one issue but moves to another.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Uh-oh, better get going on this #audiobook!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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So far the themes of these essays are very eclectic: gentrification and class in London, Brexit, Facebook, Jay-Z, Joni Mitchell, and Key and Peele. #AwesomeAudiobooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This audiobook narrator has such a beautiful mesmirizing voice #AwesomeAudiobooks

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Jen2
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My first Zadie Smith. Really enjoyed it!!

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rachelwill
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Book 8: A fantastic collection of essays covering anything and everything from London neighbourhoods, family, politics, race, dancing, art, and literature. Smith writes as though she is sat next to you sharing a story. A perfectly crafted story, yes, but one that is steeped in personality and authenticity you find in her novels - a quality that is often overlooked by your usual essayist.

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Joyfulmimi
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...what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.

Lindy True. 2y
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Rcoco
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Wow! So much here to love. Not everything hit it out of the park, but when it worked it really worked. Smith is brutally honest here, and so erudite sometimes hard to follow. I read this over a period of about three months and learned a lot about artists and authors and architects and comedy. Don‘t skip the Justin Beiber essay...very enlightening and profound. So many truths I recognized in these essays.

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Rcoco
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Baroque boredom

AmyG Ha! 2y
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CKtheLibrarian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beautifully written essays.

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jennw1212
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I always look forward to reading Zadie Smith!

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BookishTrish
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Holy crap do I work too much! Day 8 of 20 #audiowalk

AmyG So pretty. 2y
BookishTrish @amyg Thanks! 2y
ladym30 Lovely! 2y
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Varske
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Instead the evidence is to be ‘believed‘ or ‘denied‘ as if the scientific papers are so many Lutheran creeds pinned to a door.

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rmaclean4
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There is something in Zadie Smith's writing that really resonates with me. I found this collection varied and compelling. Intellectual but also accessible. White Teeth read like a Dickens novel. This was the first nonfiction work of have read of Zadie Smith, and I loved it.

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I love Zadie Smith and will read most anything by her. This is a random collection of essays which seem to be written over the past 5-10 years or so. Sometimes I had no idea what she was talking about (reviewing art I‘ve never heard of, obscure books, or movies I‘ve never seen). But the ones I love the most are when she writes about her family, about culture and race and books. This collection is a bit hit or miss but I enjoyed it anyway!

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rmaclean4
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Starting this tonight. I loved listening to White Teeth last year.

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danieleloy
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In memory, freedom is obvious. In the present moment it‘s harder to appreciate, or recognize as a form of responsibility.

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mkinney10
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Still plugging away at this one! Loving the writing and diversity of topics...just a lot!

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TheBookDream
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Happy Easter! Here‘s a vaguely Easter egg colored book.

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Lindy
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Essays about music, films, books, travel, childhood, being biracial, philosophy, Brexit, and writing novels in first person… it doesn‘t matter the subject because Zadie Smith has such an agile mind, making surprising connections all over the place. She has made me add a book to my TBR—Sex on Six Legs—and a film too: Anomalisa. An excellent #audiobook smoothly narrated by Nikki Amuka-Bird.

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Lindy
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…how easily I might have been somebody else, with their feelings and preoccupations, with their obsessions and flaws and virtues. This to me is the primary novelistic impulse: this leap into the possibility of another life.

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Lindy
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People experiencing impossible identities [being Muslim & gay, or Black & nerdy] can build up a terrible tension within themselves. …impossible identities are too often resolved in violence. The rope inside us is pulled so taut, strung between such apparently incompatible places, that we feel we must cut it. Most often this violence is internal: we kill some part of ourselves. We cut bits out & live in a mutilated way. That is an intimate tragedy.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Thank you present from a good friend for feeding her 😺😺. 🤗🤗

LeahBergen Nice! 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks I loved this! Great present! 2y
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mkinney10
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Next up! I have had this on hold at the library for awhile...can't wait!

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Lindy
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“Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.” #Litsyloveslibraries
(Meadows Library in Edmonton: I wasn‘t allowed to show people in my photo, so you must take my word that there was a crowd in comfy chairs around the fireplace. In foreground is a scanner that will transfer artwork and film negatives.)

Jaimelire So true. Our local library is always filled with people. It‘s one of the very few places left where people can gather without buying. It‘s a peaceful sanctuary for a lot of people. (edited) 2y
Lindy @Jaimelire 😊👍 2y
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