It starts with comparison.I pull the measuring tape taut,square it off, count the hashes.Pencil the number on a crumpled receiptand chant the incantation:Money back within thirty days. Discrepancy makes me a sorcerer’s apprenticemultiplying not brooms, but yardsticks.All things transmogrifyin service of appraisal:The floor length mirror.The business card.The photographs of Rome.The published byline.The summer cabin.Trust fund […]

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