To the Lady Who Mistook Me for the Help at the National Book Awards | Literary Hub

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My Dearest Lady of Table 24,
Let’s call what happens between us the Mistake.
The Mistake has billions of instances and archetypes and variations. I think of it as godfather to the All-Black-People-Look-Alike Mistake and the Brazilians-Speak-Spanish Mistake and the Let-Me-Just-Say-Konichiwa-to-Korean-or-Chinese-People Mistake. And maybe the Mistake you made was the He’s-Got-to-Be-the-Help-Because-He’s-Brown Mistake.

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