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The Last Book I Loved: Brown Girl, Brownstones

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My dreams, for so long unrestrained by land, air, or even death – and frequently including scenes of me tumbling through the air on glossy black feathered wings or jumping into an abyss with a smile on my face – now generally take place in a building with four walls and a roof. I dream of houses. I dream of owning a home, post-Great Recession, and despite the weight of federal student loans on my back. I am frequently visited by visions of curtains that open up to reveal a cold sunlight in the morning, of a cubbyhole library, perhaps in the attic, and of backyards that lend themselves to Slip ‘n Slides and crisp autumnal leaf piles. I would dream of brownstones, except I’m in the wrong tax bracket. Crippling pragmatism happens sometimes.

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Wise men say only fools rush in

But I can’t help falling in love with you

Shall I stay?

Would it be a sin?

If I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes some things were meant to be

Take my hand 

Take my whole life too

‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes some things were meant to be

Take my hand 

Take my whole life too

‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you

‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you

But I can’t help falling in love with you

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I HUNT KILLERS BY BARRY LYGA (DREAM CAST)

Jasper ‘Jazz’ Dent - Dylan O’Brien
William ‘Billy’ Dent - Michael Fassbender
Howie Gerston - Kodi Smit-Mcphee
Conscience ‘Connie’ Hall - Tiffany Boone
Gramma Dent - Ellen Burstyn
G. William - Stacy Keach
Deputy Michael Erickson - Will Estes
The Impressionist - Alexander Skarsgard
Melissa Hoover - Wendy Crewson
Doug Weathers -  Damian Louis
Virginia Davis - Tatiana Manslay
Lana - Alexandra Daddario
Mr. Hall - Russel Hornsby
Mrs. Hall - Taraji Henson
Wisdom ‘Whiz’ Hall - Tyrel Jackson Williams
Janice Dent - Holly Marie Combs (for flashback purposes)