EVERY 1ST SENTENCE OF EVERY SHORT STORY IN MARY GAITSKILL'S "BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO"
Because I wanted to
- •He lay in his reclining chair, barely awake enough to feel the dream moving just under his thoughts.
- •Elise sat in the free medical clinic, studying the support group flyers on the bulletin board.
- •Margot had not seen Patrick for sixteen years, so it was a mild shock to run into him in Seattle, on the sidewalk outside an esoteric video rental store.
- •Valerie had been celibate for two years when she met Michael, and sex with Michael was like a solid left hook; she reeled and cartoon stars burst about her head.
- •Daniel sat in his San Francisco apartment on a big, mushy pillow, with his black rubber drum pad on his lap.
- •John Morton came down the aisle of the plane, banging his luggage into people's knees and sweating angrily under his suit.
- •In Jill's neighborhood there was a giant billboard for a perfume called Obsession.
- •Lesly was desperately writing a trite, boring screenplay that he could barely bring himself to face, even with a bottle of Scotch at his side and the TV companionably talking in the background.
- •Today the clerk in the fancy deli next door asked me how I was, and I said "I have deep longings that will never be satisfied."
- •When I woke it was afternoon.
- •For the next several days, the memory of my encounter with Frederick lingered like a bruise that is not painful until, walking through the kitchen in the dark one night to get a drink of water, you bang it on a piece of furniture.
- •An acquaintance of mine, a philosophy professor at a neighboring university, had finally succeeded in selling one of the many screenplays he had bitterly toiled over and was giving a big party to celebrate.