Eye Spy 3: Gorgeous Orbs, Intense Gazes

# 1: Artur, whose acquaintance self made in Florence, early November:


Self encountered Artur on the loggia in front of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, early November.

# 2: Joan Crawford’s eyes. Self-explanatory, really:


The Intensity of Her Gaze!

# 3: Friend Annabelle Udo-O’Malley has the most gorgeous eyes. Took this pic in San Francisco, last year:


Annabelle! It’s been so long! Time for more dress shopping!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

At Cross Purposes in Story # 2 of Mary Gaitskill’s BAD BEHAVIOR

The second story in Mary Gaitskill’s collection Bad Behavior is so deliciously bad.

A woman thinks she’s a masochist so she dates a guy who she thinks is a sadist.


The pair go on a weekend getaway during which they discover that she’s not a masochist and he’s not a sadist. Frustration all around.

And then the man suddenly says (totally just because): “I’m afraid I might fall in love with you.”


  • On the one hand, she was beside herself with bliss. On the other, she was scrutinizing him carefully from behind an opaque facade as he entered her pasteboard scene of flora and fauna. Could he function as a character in this landscape? She imagined sitting across from him in a Japanese restaurant, talking about anything. He would look intently into her eyes . . .

Because of this comedy of mis-communication, self started writing, this morning, her first new fan fic in over a year. It features Cheating Peeta.

Hey, what? Writing is writing. Do not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Mary Gaitskill Conversation of the Day (From Story # 2 in BAD BEHAVIOR)

The second story in Bad Behavior is called “A Romantic Weekend” and it is simultaneously depressing and hilarious:

Woman speaking to her date (at a Roy Rogers. She secretly thinks: He is not even going to take me to a nice place):

“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel like I’m seeing a tank of small, quick fish, the bright, darting kind that go every which way.”

He paused, stunned and dangle-forked over his pinched, curled up steak. “I’m beginning to think you’re out of your fucking mind.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Mary Gaitskill: Story # 2 in BAD BEHAVIOR

The problem with airport bars:

They arrived at the airport an hour early. They went to a bar and drank. The bar was an open-ended cube with a red neon that said, “Cocktails.” There was no sense of shelter in it. The furniture was spindly and exposed, and there were no doors to protect you from the sight of dazed, unattractive passengers wandering through the airport with their luggage. She ordered a Bloody Mary.

“I can’t believe you ordered that,” he said.

(Self is enjoying this collection so much. It’s going to be wrenching to switch to the American Rust Belt in the next book on her reading list, Philip Meyer’s debut novel, American Rust)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


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