10 12 / 2013
"So tell me, Ms. Banks," he finally says, "about yourself."
"My, uh, self?"
"Yes. I’d like to know what brought you here. Why you came to New York. What kind of work interests you?"
"Um. Well. Theater, mostly. I want to work in the theater and be a real actor, not the kind with a perfume."
"A … ? I’m sorry, what about perfume?"
"You know, I want to act, rather than have my own perfume."
"I see. Although one of our clients, Cordelia Biscayne, is having wonderful success with her new perfume, Helvetica."
"Helvetica? That’s a perfume?"
"Yes. Surely you’ve seen the ads: ‘Wear the font that fits’? She’s really got her finger on the pulse of the recent boom in computers."
"Oh. That sounds great. I mean, I can’t wait to, uh, smell it."
09 12 / 2013
"A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are."
17 11 / 2013