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2002: My Convent Year

Being a newly-obsessed music fan at 16 with no income but a bit of a comfort zone from a blandish middle-class existence fostered an odd asceticism in me. I started forgoing lunch, or secretly packing away a sandwich while accepting two dollars lunch money, to reach that magical $7.99 that would buy me most any on-sale CD over at the Borders, which was the closest thing I had to a music store. I seem to recall buying most of the Talking Heads albums this way.

My downloading slowed to a relative crawl as I found it too tedious, and somehow "cheating," to keep filling up CD spindles and a few outrageously overpriced binders full of uniform white discs. Instead I ....
12:30 a.m. Thursday 3rd December 2009 EST
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