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"Let's just say he's on the border between something and nothing." — Bono, on Edge's nickname

PJ DeGenaro

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I wouldn’t call myself an O.G. U2 fan, but I’ve been around for a while. I’m forever grateful that they climbed through my bedroom window—in the metaphorical sense—and led me out into a bigger, brighter, darker, clearer version of the world than I had known before. They were the first band I discovered on my own, without the advice of my older brothers. Only a few years older than me, they had the distinction of being neither American nor English, and they were MINE. I still feel that way. As an alleged grownup, I’ve been a graphic designer, a freelance journalist, and a writing instructor. I now work in communications for a nonprofit organization in the New York suburbs. I live with my husband and dog, and we’ve just sent our kid off to college (yikes). I’ve published a few stories and poems, and in a weird way, U2 haunts all of them. I am beyond fortunate to have grown up with this band, and I always look forward to hearing the next thing they want to tell us. And the next.