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On Scott Heim’s “The First Time I Heard The Smiths.”

What a great name for a series — it’s an announcement and, at the same time, a question to the reader: what was your first time like? I must have encountered the Smiths as the last song on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack (the wonderfully maudlin “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”) or by way of “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” played on NU 107, a Manila-based FM radio station that specialized exclusively in the alt-radio format and forever changed my life.