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by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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A true miscellany of jottings from a significant literary figure of the mid 19th century
In his Memoirs, Kropotkin states the singular fact that the natives of the Malayan Archipelago have an idea that something is extracted from them when their likenesses are taken by photography. Here is the motive for a fantastic short story, in which the hero - an author in vogue or a popular actor - might be depicted as having all his good qualities gradually photographed out of him. This could well be the result of too prolonged indulgence in the effort to "look natural".
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