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  • I staggered out of the room, sort of trembly and dizzy, but I walked down the six flights of stairs to get my head straight, and then went right out of the hotel, not handing in my key, not saying anything to my Indian pal.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • I cannot bring myself to ask for money, even for three kopeks, so I shake my head and say good-bye.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • This computer up above my head has a 38,000-word vocabulary, each word of which has been very carefully chosen to be of the utmost value to us, the crew.

    First Man

  • As I careen down the riverbank, small rocks tumbling in my wake, a question is pounding in my head in sync with my steps: Why of all the kids who swim in the river was it Kolya who stepped into the whirlpool?

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • I had created a photo shoot in my head (on paddle boats at Stow Lake, on the carousel), but had failed to convey my vision to … um … anyone (oops).


  • Also, because of the bar down the middle, which was connected to the chin-piece, the shock of the blows to my head was distributed in an odd way, such that a lot of the force was going to my jaw.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • Dipping my head in grudging curtsy, the movement paining my purpling neck, I made swift passage to the galley along the narrow corridor to my right.

    The wrecking of the 'Tayleur'

  • I shook my head and tried to navigate a clear path to space K-26.

    Miss Misery

  • I had woken up on the floor of the solarium in Mitchell Hall, the back of my head throbbing with pain.

    Paradise Lost

  • My ears were filled with the roaring in my head and the labored, spit-flecked breaths of the man who was killing me.

    The Killing Kind


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