The Gaitskill Quote

Self finished reading Veronica a few days ago, and dived right into Bad Behavior, one of Gaitskill’s short story collections. Oh, how self adores Gaitskill (even though almost all the protagonists are spiritually maimed women — for example, writers who moonlight as prostitutes!)

Here’s a typical exchange. It’s from the story “Trying to Be” :

“Hi,” said a man with a hideous hunk of hair. “I like your hat.”

“Thank you.”

“Would you like to dance?”

“No, thank you.” She looked right at him when she said this, meaning to convey that she didn’t consider him repulsive, but that she was deep in thought and couldn’t dance.

It didn’t work; he stared away with a ruffled air and then said, “Do you want to go to the Palladium?”

“No, thank you.”

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Self Awakens to . . .

. . . the sound of thunder! Lightning! Boom-boom-boom!

Self at first thought it was a terrorist attack. Her heart was pounding in her chest.

She woke from a nightmare: a man wearing yellow rubber gloves was standing over her, and his intentions (with regards to self’s neck) were all too clear. Then self noticed that the mystery man had the two li’l crits, Bella and Gracie, on leashes, and then the only thought that presented to her mind was Read the rest of this entry »

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