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The New York Times publishes funny, poignant essay by Charles Antin '02

In a New York Times essay, Charles Antin ’02 chronicles his breakup with a live-in girlfriend of five years. “We divvied up our things, helped each other move into our new apartments, and then stopped seeing each other altogether — a cold-turkey breakup that I was sure was for the best,” he begins. “We didn’t send e-mail messages, call or meet for coffee, and we certainly didn’t go out for drinks. We did, however, remain Facebook friends.” Antin, an English major at Bates, is a wine specialist at Christies who is working on a collection of short stories. View story from The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2009.

WHEN I broke up with my live-in girlfriend of five years, we divvied up our things, helped each other move into our new apartments, and then stopped seeing each other altogether — a cold-turkey breakup that I was sure was for the best. We didn’t send e-mail messages, call or meet for coffee, and we certainly didn’t go out for drinks.

We did, however, remain Facebook friends.



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