In my pathetic Spanish – everyone in Sweetwater is Nicaraguan – I asked them to change my tire. Although I had trouble making myself understood, eventually they figured out what needed to be done and did it. “¿Por qué no habla español?” one asked, and I shrugged and said, “Yo estudio español en escuela en Nueva York por cuatro años pero no . . . remember.” “Recuerdo,” said the teenage boy next to me.
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I was surprised when Ronna said she always felt a strong sexual attraction to me, “even when I was madly in love with Jordan.” Just as I once hoped Ronna would marry Jordan so she’d be “safe,” she told me she had hoped Sean and I would move in together. I told her I thought we could adjust to being just friends.
I met my Veterans Outreach class, most of whom failed the CUNY Writing Assessment Test and thus the course, at least once before. I even have some of my old students from the spring of 1979. That means they failed with me and maybe twice more last year.
When I called Wes to chat, he asked if I’d seen the Rolling Stone review of my book. It was only a mention in Greil Marcus’s “Undercover” column: “Where avant-garde fiction goes when it turns into stand-up comedy.” He meant it as a put-down, of course, but to me and Wes it sounded like a great blurb.