Photo: My Actual Mother’s Actual Red Sox Tattoo

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Very talented modern fictionist George Saunders says in an interview I’m unable to locate for a publication I can’t recall — he says that he didn’t begin to write proficiently until he returned to a voice that most resembled the sort utilized by people in Chicago, his hometown.

For me, I’ve always been skeptical of that tired directive, recited often in creative-writing workshops, that one should “write what [he or she] knows.” I prefer, both as a reader and writer, to be caught up in an experience that is expressly not available to me in my actual, real life. Still, there’s probably some merit to revealing certain elements of one’s own life to the reader.

Pursuant to that point, I present the above image — of my actual birth mother’s actual arm — which arm bears a tattoo of the Boston Red Sox’ cap insignia and which tattoo I know for a true fact she received whilst visiting me in 2007 or -08 (one of those) in Portland, Oregon. As regards the state of her sobriety at the time, I’m unable to comment. That this is a photo of her arm from tonight, however, is a point beyond contention.




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NCL75
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NCL75
1 year 10 months ago

That. Is. All. Types. Awesome.

#keepnotgraphs

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker
1 year 10 months ago

Yes, on every single post.
#keepnotgraphs

#KeepNotGraphs
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#KeepNotGraphs
1 year 10 months ago

I’m going to Portland just to get a #KeepNotGraphs tattoo.

#KeepNotGraphs

bdfun
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bdfun
1 year 10 months ago

If you have to have a Tat that is a pretty good one. Go Sox!!!

oldseacaptain
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1 year 10 months ago

(Sobbing)

Fantastic.

(More sobbing)

MikeS
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MikeS
1 year 10 months ago

It was with more than a little trepidation I clicked on this post. Who will give me that ambivalent feeling once notgraphs is gone? Nobody. That’s who.

dee.gordon
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dee.gordon
1 year 10 months ago

Yeah, this is utter **** Carson, NotGraphs sucks… IS WHAT NOBODY IS SAYING.

MustBunique
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1 year 10 months ago

What is your mother goimg to say when you tell her about ending the blog that displayed her wonderful sign of team pride and family? And America. That you killed fun, the Red Sox, family, and America? Is that beating a dead horse?

#KeepNotGraphs

John Elway
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1 year 10 months ago

In his heart, THIS horse is already dead. Just neighing.

#KeepNotGraphs

Brett Favre
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Brett Favre
1 year 10 months ago

Why call it quits now? #KeepNotGraphs

John Elway
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1 year 10 months ago

Hay Bret, thanks for the plug.

NotGraphs, please take a cue from Bret and come back. But, without all that jerking our emotions around.

#KeepNotGraphs

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connor
1 year 10 months ago

please don’t abandon those who find sheer joy deep within the pages of this blog

My first hashtag ever:

#keepnotgraphs

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1 year 10 months ago

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1 year 10 months ago

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The Stranger
1 year 10 months ago

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Mr. Observant
1 year 10 months ago

#NotkeepGraphs

Close enough?

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BlackSabbathia
1 year 10 months ago

This site’s lack of analysis of the Wins Above Replacement value of the innermost sanctum(s) of ancient European fortifications is pretty glaring now that you point it out

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Rather
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Rather
1 year 10 months ago

I suspect the difficulty is in finding a replacement level keep. As keeps are, without exception, expensive constructions. I suspect one might be better served by trying to measure the wins against average of such structures.

BMB
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BMB
1 year 10 months ago

Your mom’s a badass. #KeepNotGraphs

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1 year 10 months ago
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1 year 10 months ago

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1 year 10 months ago

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1 year 10 months ago

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Don Mattingly
1 year 10 months ago

#KeepNotGraphs

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Kevin Towers
1 year 10 months ago

#Don’tKeepNotGraphs

Simon
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Simon
1 year 10 months ago

Downvoted for the apostrophe in a hashtag.

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Simon
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Simon
1 year 10 months ago

Something something Carson’s mother.

#KeepNotGraphs

I'm an idiot
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I'm an idiot
1 year 10 months ago

#KeepNotGraphs #NoLongerAnIdiot

Hal Steinbrenner
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Hal Steinbrenner
1 year 10 months ago

If your Mom had a Yankees tattoo, you better believe we’d be funding NotGraphs for the next couple decades. #BostonSux

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