A Manicure Leads to a Literary Friendship

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Tony Platt and Jael Freedman.

Tony Platt and Jael Freedman.

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Writer Tony Platt stopped in Baltimore for a manicure and found a poet. Jael Freedman works at a spa and creates her poems in her head, then recites them. In fact, that's what she did for Platt — once he asked — all the while continuing to buff his nails.

"I did not graduate high school or go to college," she says. "But I feel that in life everything is learning and just because you don't take the traditional learning, that doesn't mean you're any less smart than someone who has a doctorate."

Together, Platt and Freedman tell the story of a chance encounter that turned into a literary meeting of the minds.

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