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  • This typewriter sits inside a jeans store a block away from my apartment building here in Bishkek. I walk by it almost every day, stare at it and sigh. It is an object of my desire.

    I went into the store one day to see if I could buy it or maybe just touch it and be nearer to it. "No to sell," said the saleswoman. "It is for the picture of window."
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