Browsing Month February, 2000

Bowery

It can still happen. Susan’s friend Caryn was found dead on the third floor of the Bowery Hotel after two days in the city, her body sweating from steam heat and an overdose of heroin. Three cops threw a rug over her head. At 17, her internship represented a precociousness also marked by graduation from more…

Wool

With patience Wool waded through the paperwork, the body search, the questioning, the handing out of uniform, wash cloth and soap. The only thing that had really bounced around his skull was whether there were razors. His new haircut needed maintenance, and he knew that the back of his neck was prone to develop an more…

Lois

She sent me an e-mail thanking me for something, and she put “thank you” in a number of different languages. One of them said “shenoragalem.” I sent her a message back saying, No problem, but what the hell language is “shenoragalem”? In the meantime, I hit the Internet trying to figure it out. I find more…

A gift to C., on the eve of her departure

This Week In The News. In a week, three of us stand and laugh, having a good time. But we are a person short so we go home early. The next week, I call. My friend’s roommate answers and we both laugh after a second and keep on laughing cause we both know I forgot more…

Crowds

Listening to the radio, I hear the crowds cheering at election primary rallies. They sound fake. College-aged women yelling “wooooo” and the ball-cap hatted undergrad men yelling individually in imitation of the roar they perceive when watching television. There is no difference between the crowd noise, no matter the politician, no matter the location, or more…

Fraud

Year before last, a 350 some-odd dollar debit showed up on the bank account. Not my debit. It said “bn.com” on the bank statement. Barnes & Noble. I said to myself, What did I buy? Oh, I bought a book. In the store at Union Square. But it was more like 35 dollars. Call the more…