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June 28, 1985

"To this day I refuse to sleep in total darkness. Fear of total darkness is atavistic. If a bear is closing in on you -- you'd like to know about it soon enough to escape or whatever -- or even refrain from shooting the bear if it is only your grandmother feeling around for her specs... If I had used a word like 'ATAVISTIC' to my parents they would have laughed me back into the dark & called me a COWARD: the worst thing they could come up with."










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