Aislinn Hunter is the author of five books, most recently A Peepshow with Views of the Interior (paratext essays on thing theory). Her new novel The World Before Us will be published by Doubleday in 2014.
In 1898, Paula Modersohn-Becker, twenty-two and busy with her sketches, wrote that she was reading Marie Bashkirtsev’s diary. “Such an incredible observer of her own life. And me? I have squandered my first twenty years.” I discovered Modersohn-Becker’s Letters and . . .