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August 2, 2017

A few months ago, I had a nice lunch with a young journalist. We talked a bit about the future, which is to say her future. I do a little dance with denial, which strikes me as completely normal, but facts are facts: My life is, statistically speaking, mostly over.

Mortality wasn’t on the menu, though. What we were discussing was the storyteller’s toolbox, and specifically the use of allusion as shorthand. Referring to Hamlet or Hans Solo is a quick and easy way to sketch a personality, for example, and be certain that everyone is on the same page.

It’s tricky, though, particularly...

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