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By Joe Block 

Around the Block


February 14, 2019

One of my favorite songs is “Coffee and Cigarettes” by Jimmy Eat World. It’s a song about distant memories, a certain particular experience, and a celebration of the past. The lyrics aren’t a perfect encapsulation of something from my life, but they’re close. And although there’s no overt reference to coffee and cigarettes in the song, that combination hovers over the lyrics.

I was lucky enough to go to Ripon College for my undergrad work, and it was a wonderful experience. Small liberal arts schools were just coming into their own in the mid-90’s. College times were still sim...

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