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Lineup

My friend Agatha has a message for women everywhere: if your electricity shuts down in the middle of the night, stay in and light a candle. Agatha was raped in her laundry room–and later in her own bedroom–by a man who tampered with her apartment’s fuse box. She hopes to identify him in a lineup […]

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Search for Peace

I didn’t expect to find peace at the neighborhood Walgreens, but it didn’t hurt to ask. The gulf war was still raging, and like everyone, I wanted it to end. “Excuse me,” I asked, “do you carry peace-symbol buttons?” The checkout girl was surrounded by American flags and “impulse” purchases with a patriotic twist: pens, […]

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Testosterone Pie

December 2. I’m at what I call “The Pie House,” actually the Bakers Square at Harlem and Foster, with my mother, who’s been reading the pie menu throughout dinner and still can’t decide. “Fresh strawberry! Damn! Wish I could have that.” Diverticulitis. Seeds are verboten. “Boysenberry. Blah. Peach? Maybe. Oh, I don’t know. Why can’t […]

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Bingo

I thought my obsession was licked, but circumstances this summer drove me back to Bingo Palace after ten years on the wagon. Mike had taken a job in San Francisco, and I’d have been alone were it not for the mammoth ants that defiled my countertops. I begged Mrs. M., my landlady, to investigate. “Don’t […]