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"Letter to a Lost Friend"

There must be a Russian word to describe what has happened              between us, like ostyt, which can be used for a cup of tea that is too hot, but after you walk to the next room,              and return, it is too cool; or perekhotet, which is to want something so much over months              and even years that when you get it, you have lost the desire. Pushkin said, when he saw his portrait by Kiprensky,              “It is like looking into a mirror, but one that flatters me.” What is the word for someone who looks into her friend’s face              and sees once smooth skin gone like a train that has [...]