By Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen is a writer living in New York City.

  1. I throw salt, knock wood, stay away from black cats. I won’t open umbrellas in the house, walk beneath ladders, or touch toads. Decades after leaving elementary school, I continue to hear "step on a crack / break your mother's back" on certain sidewalks. I spend rent money at wishing wells. I probably don’t need to tell you how careful I am around mirrors. Born at 13:13 (or 1:13 pm), I was destined to be superstitious. Over the years, I’ve added…

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