• How to Remove a Lady 1

    When you hear that your aunt has passed, cry. Then, enlist the help of an organizer and a maid. Bring these two wonders in a red Toyota to your aunt’s seaside abode. House them in the first floor parlor and make sure...

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  • Madame Matisse Speaks 2

    Henri created so many portraits of me. When I was forty-one, he stopped. His efforts drained us both. His last painting depicted me as a pale woman. I did 100 sittings (two a day) for that final one. That maniac. My eyes...

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  • Momentum 3

    The traffic swirls. Mini-vans swerve past pedicabs piled with tires and flayed ducks. Women pedal rickshaws crammed with rice sacks. Workers, upright in trim pants and tops, ride bicycles three abreast. A dash, a dance in the circle, a cook clanging knives...

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  • The Causeway 4

    As Julie took the first curve of the causeway, her VW bug shone like a fire engine. The Reach was empty since the lobstermen had left land to lay traps at sea. She rounded the second curve, and her car veered. It flipped over...

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  • Taken 5

    It is dusk. I am in the museum alone, the only “artist in residence.” For a week, I have the honor of being scared by great art—day and night. I sleep on a cot. I wander the rooms in bare feet. Before...

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