Lots of people are playing a little game this week-you can play along at home, it's easy! The game is called: On Which Page Of Mary Gaitskill's Nutty Memoir About Her Lost Cat And Everything Else Will You Start Weeping? It's not a fun game but here we are in the hot lonely wasteland of the end of August, so what else do we have? Also it helps if you have ever met the lady herself. Last I saw her was in the downstairs lobby of Carnegie Hall's Zankel auditorium. She looked pretty much like a witch who'd just come out of the woods; indeed, she had just come back from a mistaken trip to Yaddo or somewhere, and it was like she was in a psychic bubble, privately living out a hybrid of her own private Kate Bush video and The Blair Witch Project. Anyway! See if you can make it past page three, which includes the line: "I said I had fallen in love with the cat, and that I was afraid that by exposing him to human love I had awakened in him a love that was unnatural and perhaps too big for him." Or you know… the dreaded page 4, in which The Fresh Air Fund is introduced!
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009