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*** Sidewalk Weekend! ***

Sidewalk Rating: Hot

One day she tells them a story over the telephone. She has been downtown shopping alone. She leaves the car and goes into a fabric store. She looks at fabrics and does not buy anything, though she takes away a couple of swatches in her purse. On the sidewalk there are many blacks walking around and they make her nervous. She goes to her car. As she takes out her keys, a hand grabs her ankle from under the car. A man has been lying under her car and now he brags her stockinged ankle with his black hand and tells her in a voice muffled by the car to drop her purse and walk away. She does so, though she can hardly stand. She waits by the wall of a building and watches the purse but it does not move from where it lies on the curb. A few people glance at her. Then she walks to the car, kneels on the sidewalk, and looks under. She can see the sunlight on the road beyond, and some pipes on the belly of her car: no man. She picks up her purse and drives home.

-Lydia Davis, from "The Fears of Mrs. Orlando."

[The sidewalk in front of the Minnesota state capitol on the day of the 2011 government shutdown. h/t Max.]

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4 comments:

anon said...

Bill-

Are you ever going to write another post??

Bill Lindeke said...

out of steam right now. i predict a resurgence.

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