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Develop Uncorrected evidence, American Taliban, a singular, Pearl Abraham, Random condo, writer, 254 pgs., "an intimate portrait of ways a roughly usual American boy could be seduced by way of the belief of filing to Islam". . .
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Jilly sighed. I wish we would just stop. The surf here is looking really fine. And suddenly, between breath and breath, they saw a perfect wave. John felt the communal gasp, pulled over, and stopped. They jumped out, shaded their eyes. These were answers to prayers: lazy rolling things, heaving up and over in half time. They looked at each other. Let’s go, John urged. They unloaded boards, they checked leashes, they slipped out of T-shirts, slipped into rash guards, kissed the crosses at their necks, lifted the boards onto their heads, walked down to the water, and the girls flung themselves in, paddling hard and fast, to the third, then fourth breaker, though from where he stood, John could see that the best waves were farther outside.
Which meant he wasn’t keeping his end of the bargain. She and Bill had unwillingly agreed to let him defer Brown to allow him time to pursue his own interests, scholarship included. But it was summer and his birthday. He would catch up on his reading later. So he gave her the finger—um, the sign, good-bye, later alligator, meaning he raised a fist, unfolded his pinky, then his thumb, and ducked out and away. Which never failed to amuse her. Ha-ha-ha, she’d say as soon as she thought he was out of range.
Live as if you’re already dead, unafraid. That’s freedom, according to the Tao. Also Hegel. He’d been meaning to read more Hegel if only so he could quote him at Barbara. SO SOUTH ON 12 FROM SOUTHERN SHORES through Kitty Hawk into Kill Devil Hills out of Nags Head on to Whalebone and Bodie Island toward Oregon Inlet toward Rodanthe past Salvo past the residential developments of upper Hatteras, where traffic thins and land narrows, he and the girls drove and drove and drove, and finally water, water left and right, water straight ahead, they were driving toward water, water and sky and water and sky, finally.