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“As for the work that does stand out, Hannah Hindley’s essay “Remembering That Life” begins slowly, with the story of the death of a pet fish. As she bluntly puts it: “I guess we’ve all seen dead fish.” But then, slowly, in a manner not unlike that of a tide, her purview widens to encompass visits to Harvard’s Ichthyology Collection, before expanding further to relate the story of a much greater loss. Throughout, her language, whether in descriptions of tiny fish “busily searching the underbelly of the surface for something I couldn’t provide…” or of an anglerfish’s lure: “I could almost see the flashes of bioluminescence scattering as it prowled through the lightless abyss… as careless, hungry little things wandered too close to that tempting filament and lost themselves in the fish’s cage of teeth…” points to something both more personal and more oceanic: “beneath our own thoughts, distant stars spun slowly in the wide currents of the night.” At its best, Hindley’s essay reaches a level which essays too infrequently attempt, let alone achieve: it becomes a meditation.”  (“Prestigious University Lit Mag Makes for a Serious Read,”  Laurence Levey 2015).

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