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Every once in a while, The New Yorker publishes a series of little vignettes, often by famous authors. Each vignette tells a story about the writer’s life. These are true stories on a theme, . . . and these little pieces often pack a large punch.

My favorite vignette from a recent issue is called Lone Star, by David Wright Faladé. There is so much truth and wisdom in this piece. It’s one of those pieces of writing that makes you think about the world in fresh ways, that gives you mixed feelings about something—in this case society. And it’s a true story. It really happened.

It’s short. You have time to read it.

The last paragraph punched me straight in the gut.

I was ten pins at a bowling alley, slammed asunder by an expert.

When was the last time you were slammed asunder by an expert . . . in a good way?