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Ehrenreich believes that she foolishly abandoned her teenage quest to enter the world of other people, but I would argue that she never abandoned it at all. Her illuminating experience wasn’t really a secret; it was the animating force of her life, even if she never spoke about it. Where else would Ehrenreich have gotten the sense that she had a special mission, that her assigned task was to “hold the world together”? To her credit, Ehrenreich did not spend her life chasing and wondering about the flame. She spent it in the mundane tasks of socialist committee meetings, union rallies, and feminist marches, in the less intoxicating but more fruitful project of nickel-and-diming the world into social justice. Thank God.

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