Monthly Archives: November 2017

Gratitude

I’ve been asked to write a Trump piece for a Francophone magazine, and realized in the middle of the night that I would have to curry favor with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the present White House Press Secretary. Recently, Ms. Sanders … Continue reading

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Creeps

When I was sixteen, I kissed a girl and she slapped me. There was no hesitation on her part; kiss/wham! I was more surprised than injured. I thought the girl, Sylvie, had clearly manifested a desire to be kissed. We … Continue reading

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Sex and Stupidity

The problem with being famous is that it’s a small step to becoming infamous. Had Moore been a postal worker, Weinstein a gofer on a movie set, and Frankel a bit actor in bad HBO productions, no one would have … Continue reading

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Chemo Brain

The neurologist had downcast eyes and a sad voice. She was in her forties and I wondered if her melancholy stemmed from so often being the bearer of bad news to her patients. She dealt with strokes, Alzheimer’s, dementia, multiple … Continue reading

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Fries

The old lady looked like an overclothed munchkin with two sweatshirts, pants four sizes too big for her small hips, a shawl, a ski cap, and a Girl Scout sash with badges on it. She might have been forty or eighty, and looked … Continue reading

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Sex and Harassment (Cont.)

At this point, what I’m afraid of is a witch hunt. It concerns me that our recently rediscovered alarm over sexual harassment may provide exactly the right fetid atmosphere for revenge, baseless accusations, and sheer invention. Just as there are … Continue reading

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Loss

My friend drank again. By the time she made it to the emergency room, she was doing a fifth of vodka a day, and had done so for a month, not a good thing for a woman who weighs 125 … Continue reading

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