I applied for a heavy academic job at one point--spent months applying and long weeks prepping...then the 11 hour day of interview...didn't get it, and smeone told me I must not have wanted it badly enough. We cannot make something be. GREAT closing line, yes!

Alison Acheson’s latest book is a memoir of caregiving, Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days With ALS. She teaches writing in an MFA program.

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