my friend tatiana was born in guatamala. after college, she lived and worked there for a while. when she came back to america, all she wanted to do was eat pizza and catch up on the movies she'd missed. i rented Magnolia for her but, when tom cruise's character announced "Worship the ©o¢k!", she evacuated the tv room. i tried to convince her that the film would get better but she didn't believe me. she picked up one of my books, fell on my bed, and started to read. which was just as well actually because it gave me time to do this portrait. in high school, we spent almost every weekend this way: reading, drawing, and watching movies.

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