An Uncollected Bagatelle

24 Feb

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In 1981, Ron Kolm edited an anthology of writing and visual art called The Low-Tech Manual. In it he included three outtakes from “Bagatelles.” Two of them were eventually rewritten and worked into “Dirty Windows,” one of the sequences in the book, but this one never found its way into anything else of mine.

I’ll be the mother and you’ll be the baby, she said. You’re always the mother, I said, why can’t I be the mother for a change. It wouldn’t work, she said, it would lack authenticity. Then let me be the father, I said. That’s impossible, she said. Why is it impossible, I said. Because that would entail creating a whole new category, she said.

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