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Before coming out as trans, Lucy Sante created a persona that she used to navigate the world.
In the decades she lived her life before she came out as trans, at 66, the writer Lucy Sante constructed a sort of decoy self to get by in the world.
Sante's writing style was characterized by close readings and conjuring lost worlds, but she rarely wrote about her feelings.
But Sante never wrote much about her feelings. Her guard was always up, an observer.