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Lily Hoang is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. She edited the anthology 30 Under 30 with Blake Butler, and with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she is editing The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she serves as Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.

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The Doppelganger  

Lily Hoang

(from Stephen Graham Jones)

If he is a writer, his desire is to be most like Raymond Carver, unbridled sanctuary tracing: he drinks and he drinks, cleans the wax from his ears, empties cupboards of ink cartridges and cigarette remains. He smells his pinky finger and examines the cloudy visqueen. It is not a metamorphosis; it is the opportunity for the duplication of talent, which portends empty glass bottles instead of the cloth-bound communication resurrected. If he is not a writer, these are not his desires—the simple actual.

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