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Precede Your Reputation

How to change a public perception.
Words by Ben Shattuck. Photograph by Aaron Tilley. Styling by Sandy Suffield.

A reputation is an identity that can seem like a fair assessment because it’s formed by consensus—an overall agreement on your qualities, decided by your community. It’s a democratic perception; you are reliable, or always late, honest, sweet, quick to judge, gossipy or trustworthy. Monarchs’ reputations—for brutality or fairness, say—were sometimes carried over to their nicknames: Bloody Mary, Ivan the Terrible, William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, The Sun King, Ethelred the Unready. It makes you wonder what your title

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five

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