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The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

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WHO ARE YOU ANYWAY?

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

OSCAR WILDE

On a beautiful autumn day, I walked down Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California—the street that probably best represents the city’s “let it all hang out” reputation. While negotiating the throng of street vendors hawking tie-dyed T-shirts, bongs, and hemp clothing, I came across a man and woman offering “face readings.” Intrigued, I proceeded to observe their setup as inconspicuously as possible. Two customers plopped down $5 bills and eagerly sat in anticipation of their “readings.” The clairvoyant couple carefully examined the customers’ visage, occasionally prodding them in order ...

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