Nothing Is Free, On the Record

Photo by FX Carrera

The easiest way for a kid to lose track of friends is by moving to a different location. Girls are better at collecting addresses, writing letters, and making long-distance phone calls. Before the Internet, those were the available options.

I was having very little of it in 1978 when my family relocated 60 miles (and across state lines) in the summer between ninth and 10th grade in high school. Although I…



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Jeffrey Cohen

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