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  1. Thanks, Strong. A marvelous interview, indeed. I did, however, find myself flashing back to a phrase I heard from Vic Turner, “community of suffering,” and thinking how much the conversation, especially the bit about discontinuous time or time suspended evoked for me the liminal period in rites of passage.

    I find myself wondering how the idea that pain is inherently isolating became the dominant trope in current theory. Especially given that the alternate trope, shared suffering as the foundation of group identity, is the basis of, for example, military boot camp and, for another example, both Israeli and Palestinian self-definitions of the peoples in question.

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