Great Escape

My Life in the Looking Glass

Reflecting on my childhood fear of mirrors

Nina Burleigh
GEN
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9 min readAug 15, 2018

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I was seven and already on my way to becoming a neurotic, bookish kid. I had only recently learned how to read the words in the volumes piled helter-skelter on shelves, spilling out of cardboard boxes in closets, the collapsing columns of tomes on the floor. I could not have pronounced many of the…

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Nina Burleigh
GEN
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Writer, explorer, national politics, 6 books, NYC.