By Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Program in Nonfiction Writing. She’s originally from South Mississippi. You can follow her on Twitter at @KaylaMSmith89.

  1. The TV is too loud because he’s hard of hearing, and he leans forward so he doesn’t miss a word, his eyes hungry, unblinking. The motorcycle sport documentary On Any Sunday plays on the screen, and though my dad has probably seen it a dozen times, his fascination will never fade.  He’s watching the part about the famous Widowmaker hill climb-- the 1,000-foot-tall mountain slope in Utah that only twenty riders out

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