Manhattan Stories 2

The line for Star Wars is incredible. Starts on 55th and 7th. Winds around 55th to 6th Avenue. Goes down 56th. Self can’t even.

Lucky for the faithful standing in line, it is a warm night in New York City.

Do you know that you can have a lamb falafel doused with yogurt and spicy sauce for only $7? And it will fill you up as much (if not more) as a fancy meal at wherever?

Also, sidewalk vendors sell cans of soda and ginger ale for $1 apiece. In the hotels, that same can of soda will cost you $3.

Sting is singing at Carnegie Hall. Average price for a ticket: $200.

A homeless woman walks into an Upper West Side Nail Salon and demands a pedicure (How does self know she isn’t just jumping to conclusions? How does self know that the woman is really homeless? Well, right. Self really doesn’t know. Just because the woman’s pushing a filthy shopping cart! She could be the Queen of Park Avenue for all self knows!) Self’s heart drops in empathy for the nail technician who’s been selected to perform this onerous task.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


Battlestar Galactica/ Hunger Games Crossover by Dutch War Lord is Pure Gold

Katniss call sign: Sweetheart (Assigned by Haymitch, of course. Frack, frack, frack!)

Peeta call sign: Baker

Situation: Peeta’s Viper has been shot down! Battlestar pilots need to rescue him, ASAP!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Words Like a Scalpel (Still More From Story # 5 in BAD BEHAVIOR)

It seemed as though her friendship with Leisha had never been what she would now call a friendship at all, but a complex system of reassurance and support for self-involved fantasies that they had propped up between them and reflected back and forth.

— “Connection,” Story # 5 in Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior

Mary Gaitskill: Still On Story # 5

It is a grey day in New York City. Grey, but warm. In fact, it has been so warm here that self regularly breaks out into a sweat. Yesterday, she walked all around in a T-shirt.

Still reading Gaitskill’s collection Bad Behavior.

It’s very rare that a book coincides with what is going on in a reader’s life. Would you believe, self has wanted to read this book for over five years, ever since she read an article about Mary Gaitskill, might have been in the New York Times Book Review. She has read other books by Gaitskill, of course. Most memorable was Veronica. But why she never got around to reading Bad Behavior until now, she knows not. Perhaps self knew she would need those Gaitskill stories later? Because right now, there’s a beautiful symmetry between Gaitskill’s stories and self’s current situation. It’s almost a miracle.

  • During her first year in the city she gave spare change to anyone who asked her. Eventually she gave money only if she happened to have some in her hand when she was asked.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fan Fiction (Self’s): Featuring Peeta’s Memories

In self’s fan fiction, Peeta is the sole victor of his games:

“Sometimes strengths can be weaknesses, and weaknesses can be strengths. Are you listening to me, Peeta? Are you?”

Peeta’s father had said this to him after one of his mother’s episodes. She had smacked Peeta hard on the right side of his head for burning a batch of bread. His head had spun. He’d always been afraid of his mother, but this time was different. What did his father mean? Was the fear Peeta felt really a sign of strength?

You can observe a lot by watching, Peeta.You have to survive.

Story # 5 in Mary Gaitskill’s BAD BEHAVIOR

Two of the fan fic stories self is following dropped new chapters today. Hog heaven!

In the meanwhile, from Story # 5 in Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior:

“I’m so sick and tired of hearing the words ‘directed’ and ‘career,’ I could scream.”

“But you do want a career, don’t you?”

“No, I want to work at Dunkin’ Donuts when I get out of school. I want to get fat. Or be addicted to heroin. I want to be a disaster.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



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