The Kind of Conversation

Still on Story # 1 of Mary Gaitskill’s 1988 collection, Bad Behavior.

Self can already tell she’s going to be stretching out the reading of this book for as long as she can.

She read Middlemarch in a little over two months.

Bad Behavior is about a third as long: let’s see if self can stretch it out a month.

She felt the thread of connection almost immediately. Let’s just say, she felt the thread of connection starting page 1.

Here’s an example of what self considers a typical conversation between Gaitskill characters:

He kissed the blue vein on her neck and enjoyed the silly beat of his heart. “You’re like a pretty shadow.”

Her eyes darted with worry. “You like me because I’m like you.”

He smiled tolerantly and stroked her neck. “You’re not like me. No one is like me. I’m a phenomenon.”

She looked tired and turned away from him to her drink.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

“Some Women” by Bunny Ty (from the Calyx anthology GOING HOME TO A LANDSCAPE)

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Rose in the Kitchen: Tel Aviv, 2008

Some Women
by Bunny Ty

some women color their lips red.
not me, i like to color mine with good words instead.

some women curl their lashes hard.
not me, i want mine soft to catch my tears.

some women need to blush their cheeks pink.
not me, mine blush by themselves when i’m tickled pink.

some women close their eyes to show off their eyeshadow.
not me, i want mine open to see the world.

some women take pains to pretty up their faces.
not me, i would rather take pains in prettying up the world.

some women think i look plain and dull without color on my face.
not me, if you look hard enough, you’ll see i am wearing a rainbow.

(from Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas, co-edited by Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio, Corvallis, Oregon: Calyx Books, 2003)

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