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Laban Hill
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"Energy Monster" is an essay I wrote a decade ago about depression and my relationship to my daughter Natalie. I am re-publishing it now because I am writing a prologue or addendum that I will publish here in the summer.

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Energy Monster
In lieu of posting a new post on my memoir, I am posting an essay on depression and my relationship to my oldest daughter that I wrote a decade ago. It won a couple of awards and had been available in an online anthology of essays, but that was taken down i...

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This is a piece that is on The Atlantic online website. Click on the title of the piece and you'll jump to the story about a man being lynched by my grandfather and three other men.

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How the Past Shackles the Present: April 4th
April 4 th by Laban Carrick Hill   Hate’s such a strong
word, dear , mom scolded when I expressed strong distaste at little
stones for supper, back when Our Boys in
the National Guard were called into the streets, Memphis burning, those people turning to vi...

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My latest post in my memoir blog: Home Trained. It focuses on how trust can deceive you.

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Perfect Mark
I
am gullible. Always have been, always will be. I will believe almost anything
at least for a while. At seventeen, I moved to NYC and got a job as a messenger
my first week. The man who hired me asked, “You know the city, right?”             I lied.       ...

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The final installment on the death of Grandfather Joe.

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Origin Story Part IV
            “Okay, William, I’m done for the
week,” called a woman across the hall. “You here, right?”             William got up from his desk and
stepped into the hallway. “I’ll be here, Miz Jackson. Don’t worry. I’m not
going anywhere.”             She n...
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