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Doc 036: Larissa Pham

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I was never any good at slacklining, but Hans tried to teach me. This is a picture of one end of the line he set up for us in September of 2016, in Oakland. Hans taught me a lot of things, like how to make huevos rancheros, how to dumpster dive, and the importance of bike lights, the first set of which I ever owned was a pair he gave me. In the span of life and all its possible outcomes, we didn’t have that much time together. A couple of years in New Haven, and after we moved to opposite coasts, I tried to visit each year. For some reason, even though I knew we didn’t have that time, I always thought there’d be another visit, another chance for me to get back on the line and for him to watch, at first bracing me with a hand or a shoulder, and then when I was brave enough to let go, to let go. 

Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in Brooklyn. She is the author of Fantasian (Badlands Unlimited, 2016), and the essay collection Pop Song (Catapult, 2021).


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