Nico Gen­dron wrote this sto­ry for YES! Mag­a­zine. She has worked for The New York Times in strat­e­gy, and cov­ers cul­ture, arts, and soci­ety as a free­lance writer. She is a native of Boston and Cape Cod. Fol­low Nico on Twit­ter @nico_gendron.
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