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Pandemic Dread Has Me Instagram-Shopping Nonstop

Author Roxane Gay on how unnecessary purchases help her regain control in an uncertain climate

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After nearly eight months of relative isolation, I have succumbed to Instagram ads which have, over the past while, become increasingly ludicrous. Or my inability to resist them has become increasingly ludicrous. It all…

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