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M Train
M Train | Patti Smith
National Best Seller From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.” M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.From the Hardcover edition.
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Samplergal
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#Bookishbingo

I got another bingo. I‘m likely to stall here.

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Samplergal
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Another book not included in my goals for #24B4Monday. Third finish. Now I‘m really going to work on that stack I originally picked. 😂. #mayMadness.

This was a wonderful book of essays. Such great writing. All I wanted was coffee and some talent for writing while listening to this book. 4⭐️

TheReadingMermaid Haha I think we all do that from one time to another. LOL 😋 3w
Andrew65 You‘ve had a great Readathon so far. 3w
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Samplergal
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Enjoying this audiobook so far.

pdever I started out not liking it, but that book turned me right around. I ended up loving it. 3w
Weaponxgirl Wait! This wasn‘t available from audible when I last checked for it in the uk! I‘m so jealous 😭 3w
Samplergal @Weaponxgirl I got it from my library on overdrive. Sometimes I get lucky. 3w
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writerlibrarian
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Depression, grief, survivor guilt. All of this are the fondation of this slice of Smith‘s memoirs. I liked the slow spiral of her life. The flashes of brillance drowned into her everyday grey, monotonous life. Grief is a hard lover. Smith is also a fan of procedural tv shows and also a fangirl. Her Doctor is Ten. Her writing flows effortlessly. Depressing not joyful, still really good. #booked2019 #spring #featuringamusician

Cinfhen Fantastic review! I read and really enjoyed 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I really must read this one and Just Kids. Thanks for the nudge! 4w
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writerlibrarian
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I'm at 90 % mark. Should be finished when the last period is over. #readingandlisteningtohockey

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writerlibrarian
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Aiming to get to 50% on this Sunday afternoon hockey game.
Happy Mother's Day Littens.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Boston is going into Carolina ahead 2-0 in games. 1mo
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writerlibrarian
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Game 1 🦈 and Blues.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 2-1 🦈 after one. At the end of two, 5-2 🦈 (edited) 1mo
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writerlibrarian
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Then there are four. #readinggandwatchinghockey

Suet624 I‘m watching! 1mo
writerlibrarian @Suet624 Quite a start from both team. 1mo
Suet624 After so many years I still can‘t figure out how hockey players do what they do. 1mo
writerlibrarian After one period, it's tied at one. But Boston D Men are a bit banged up. 🤕 🌪 open the second period with a 🚨 2-1 Canes. 2 PP 🚨 for the 🐻 3-2 Boston. 5-2 Boston (edited) 1mo
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writerlibrarian
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Do or die. Win or go home. This is Game 7. Go ⭐️
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 1 - 1. ⭐️ tie. Great play by 91 1mo
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writerlibrarian
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I have this in ebook and print. I loved Just Kids and so far, this one doesn't disappoint. It's my next
#booked2019 #spring and #featuringamusician

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emilyhaldi
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Smith is a very introspective artist and this memoir of her life stories waxes philosophical at times. She is able to relate her life back to art and literature in a way that can be touching at times, and other times over my head... While some of her anecdotes include her children and late husband, mostly she writes from a solitary and sometimes melancholy perspective. #ownerofalonelyheart
#anglophileapril

emilyhaldi Using this for #booked2019 #featuresamusician 🎤🎸🎼 2mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review and worthy musician 🙌🏻❣️ 2mo
Mdargusch Sounds depressing. 😕 2mo
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Reviewsbylola Hmmm I still need a book for this prompt. Which is better, this or 2mo
emilyhaldi I LOVED Just Kids!!! @Reviewsbylola def start there. I have it if you want to borrow 2mo
sisilia I just found it weird that she visits graveyards of her fav poets, singers etc 😶 1mo
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pdever
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What a beautiful little book. I flipped back and forth about whether I liked it and even went so far as to tell a friend not to bother with it... I almost bailed. In the end, though, I couldn't put it down and I totally fell for it. It's a memoir of loss and grief told through stories of travel, dreams, and nothing, really.

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WanderingBookaneer
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If you‘ve read tagged book, you may remember the visit and might enjoy the photographs.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/patti-smiths-talismanic-photos-fro...

Weaponxgirl Thankyou! 5mo
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mariaku21
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Not a typical memoir but more a collection of musings on art, philosophy, music, coffee, family, and self.

I enjoyed this small glimpse of Smith and totally understand why she's labeled as the rock n roll laureate.

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sarahnicoloff
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Nothing can be truly replicated. Not a love, not a jewel, not a single line.

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Pax5
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Love the Hill of beans story! #pattismith #mtrain

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Bookalong
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5?/5
One of my favorite authors!!
"Lost things. They claw through the membranes, attempting to summon our attention through an indecipherable mayday. Words tumble in helpless disorder. The dead speak. We have forgotten how to listen."
~Patti Smith,M Train
#pattismith #poet #mtrain #books #bookish

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eringreeno
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“Such things that disappear in time that we find ourselves longing to see again. We search for them in close-ups, as we search for our hands in a dream.” —Patti Smith

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TheBookstorePodcast
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Reading this mere meters away from the Florabama Bar is either the least Patti Smith or most Patti Smith thing I could be doing.

-corinne

rustoryhuf FloraBama! 1y
Mlfoley012 Heart the Florabama! 1y
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SharonAlger
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This is a non fiction about thoughts in Patti Smith‘s head. It‘s an easy read, some parts I found interesting and I enjoyed her perspective on life. Her use of dialogue drove me batty. She listed her dialogue with these at the beginning: - . Why? As much as I enjoyed it, my mind did wander quite a bit as I read this.

I enjoyed reading something outside of what I‘d usually read, and I loved her artist‘s perspective and her life experiences.

xicanti Dashes instead of quotation marks is very much a non-English thing, but a few English-speaking writers adopt it too (presumably because they think it's fancy). Personally, I find it creates a distance between me and the dialogue, so I struggle to connect with writers who do it. 1y
SharonAlger @xicanti, I agree. 1y
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MelindaCooper
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I don‘t buy many paper books (I use a combination of the local library and buying kindle books) but I had to make an exception for Patti ♥️

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Eyejaybee
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SharonAlger
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Who wouldn‘t love to trade places with #PattiSmith?

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SharonAlger
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Where are you standing right now? #vmbookclub

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KatieKate80
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Half way through the veggiemama bookclub pick for Feb

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 1y
Kaye Welcome ♥️ Thank you for the Follow. 1y
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SharonAlger
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I just started reading this. So far, so good . #vmbookclub

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
SharonAlger Thanks so much ❤️ 1y
MelindaCooper I‘m really liking it so far too! Also recommend Just Kids if you‘re a Patti fan ♥️ 1y
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SharonAlger I‘d give it a go 😊 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 1y
SharonAlger Thanks very much, @RaimeyGallant ❤️ I will do that 1y
RaimeyGallant Hope it helps. :) 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Really enjoying your posts!😉👍🏽 3mo
SharonAlger @PurpleyPumpkin thanks so much ♥️ 3mo
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cnfurlano
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One may tolerate demons for the sake of an angel.

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TheAnitaAlvarez Patti Smith ❤️ 1y
readordierachel She's the best. 1y
Cathythoughts Excellent quote ✨✨✨ 1y
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JenniferJarrell
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I've been saving this one for this trip to NYC.

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BookHermit
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Perhaps the polar opposite of sitting in a cafe in NYC. The nearest subway stop is a three day drive away. Quite enjoying Patti's poetic storytelling.

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Bookalong
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"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." ~ Patti Smith
Love all her writing! Looking forward to her latest release in Fall. Have you read any of her work?

#books #bookish #booknerd #bookgeek #pattismith #poet #artist #writer #reader #booklover #reading #biblio #literature #bookcollector #pattismith

SkeletonKey Can't wait to read her new book, she's one of my favorites. 2y
Bookalong @SkeletonKey Me too! Soo looking forward to it! 2y
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AnansiGirl
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Morning cuppa with Patti Smith.

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JenniferJarrell
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Vacation purchases during a trip to Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY. #bookhaul

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amrsprout
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Loved it! Wonderfully written memoir.

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CherylDeFranceschi
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Seems so simple. But to me, the fact that there is still love between Patti and Sam 40 years later is so moving! So, it may be simple but I think it's a really #greatdedication #riotgrams

kspenmoll Agreed! ❤ 2y
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AlizaApp
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Melancholic but beautifully written memoir of love and travel and how to say goodbye. #roguebookbingo

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kyraleseberg
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I started this book with eye rolls at all the romantic ideas of gathering stones to make a pilgrimage to a poet's grave but then I realized: I have become jaded by life. After all the triumph and tragedy of Patti's life, she has remained a dreamer and I love that.
She shares stories of the moments she treasures, late night musings watching detective shows, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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booksbaconglitter
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I had no idea what to expect from this book, but I loved it. Patti Smith is a beautiful writer, and the stories she tells in this book are real and vulnerable. But mostly I enjoyed her love of a quite cafe, good coffee, and crime dramas. She reads the audiobook and does a wonderful job of pulling you in to each scene.

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booksbaconglitter
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Patti Smith loves crime dramas! Everywhere she goes, she finds a crime drama on TV. Even if it's not in English or doesn't have subtitles, she'll watch. I think we'd be good friends.

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kyraleseberg
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Find those who have it and bathe in their perfection.

Suet624 That's why I love being with my adult children. They have it. 2y
kyraleseberg @Suet624 That is so lovely 💜 I have just transitioned from terrible twos to tyrannical threes 😩 with my daughter so this gives me hope for the future! 2y
Suet624 Oooh, it definitely gets better. You're in the rough part of it right now. 🌹🌹🌹 2y
kyraleseberg @Suet624 You have no idea how much I needed to hear that. Thank you! 💗 2y
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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corkymariee
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Gotta love mornings 💕📚

Bookalong Love Patti ♡ 2y
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kyraleseberg
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Patti. I ❤️ her, her music (fun fact: Bruce Springsteen wrote her hit Because the Night) and I loved her book Just Kids.
Time to settle in to the weekend with M Train 📚

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BooksForYears
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Have you ever experienced a situation that was so vivid and complex that you weren't sure whether it was a reality or a dream? That's exactly how I felt reading M Train by Patti Smith. She switches artfully from past to present, home to abroad, self to other, dream to wake. All the while, you are allowed glimpses into the author's life and how certain experiences and objects have shaped who she is today. And there's coffee, so much coffee ☕️

Weaponxgirl I love this book soooo much! Just kids was amazing too and I really want to listen to this on audio aswell as her first one. Seriously a big fan of patti, music, books what can't she do? 2y
BooksForYears @Weaponxgirl I know, she's such an amazing women, artist, and musician! 2y
jes I liked this book, but for me, it couldn't touch how amazing Just Kids is. I couldn't put that one down! So good! 👐 2y
KatG Another great book by Patti Smith! 2y
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BooksForYears
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Not only is this my #SignedSunday pick, my next read, and a perfect example of my #ReadJanuary #ReadingEquipment - caffeine and a nibble. I'm excited to read this, after loving Just Kids 😍

#currentlyreading #memoir #winterofwomen17 #DemitasseCupsOfLitsy #bookandasnack

LindsayReads JEALOUS!!!! 2y
kspenmoll Jealous you have signed edition! On my TBR! Loved Just Kids📚🎼 2y
Crystalblu I got mine the day it came out only to notice it was signed!!! How cool is that?! I also ran into her at the Seattle airport! I'm a bit of a Patti Smith nerd :) 2y
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Readingrobin Heard her speak at RISD after Just Kids came out and it was amazing. 2y
UwannaPublishme Oh, this is just too cool. 😍👍🏻 2y
CherylDeFranceschi Was at her birthday concert last week. I've been going to see her for 40 years. But I especially love her writing. You are in for a treat! 2y
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AmyG Patti Smith AND Ben & Jerrys? ❤ 2y
RealLifeReading Coffee, ice cream and Patti Smith! Love it 2y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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I have probably posted this book before, but seeing her this week was beyond magical! I have no words- she has them all! This book is like a languid walk through an enchanted labyrinth, following her thought through one path or another. So much love and respect to this punk rock goddess! #signedsunday

StephBengtson Love love love! That book! 2y
courtney Her show was amazing! I think I cried at least four times 😂 even her between-song banter was fantastic 2y
RealLifeReading That light is adorable! 2y
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DebinHawaii I am entranced by that light! 🐱👍 2y
CherylDeFranceschi @RealLifeReading @DebinHawaii It changes colors and is squishy! Little gave it to me for Christmas. I adore it! 2y
CherylDeFranceschi @courtney it was probably a top ten lifetime show for me. Just magical! I cried, too! 2y
8leagueboot She is so astonishing. I am reading the William Blake collection that she curated and even her introduction did the same thing for me that seeing her speak and reading her books did for me. 2y
[DELETED] 3517561138 Ack!! I need one of those lights!!! 2y
Jenbug68 I love her so . She's so brilliant but seems so approachable at the same time . 2y
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Weaponxgirl
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This month has been a excellent month of reading. Just a few of my faves for the month here. I also wanted to thank everyone for this great community of readers! I don't bother with most social media, goodreads being the only exception before but I love the space that has been created here and all you lovely bookaholics. Thanks for being so welcoming

LindsayReads Hear, hear! 2y
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I am only becoming more obsessed with #pattismith. I love everything she writes and hang on her every word. Can she please write a thousand more books?!

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Contemplative, stream of consciousness type writing. Beautiful descriptions and lots to make you think and reflect. One side effect: you will want lots of coffee as it plays a pivotal role in this book.

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