Thursday, February 08, 2007

Yonge Line, Sunday night, home from the cold

Black woman, late 20s, with long dark hair, wearing a brown jacket, brown knitted cap, blue jeans and large black sunglasses. She carries an old leather book bag, something that looks like it once belonged to, and maybe still does, a grad student.

Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler (Ed.) (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Page 41:

What would-be grammar police don't acknowledge is that hedges say less about an individual woman's lack of confidence than they do about society's expectation that woman not be assertive.

"To the graduating class of 1982, teachers, parents, President Henner, I say, Welcome!"

*New card*

"I am proud to stand here as your valedictorian. This has been an especially accomplished year for me. I represented our school at the Ontario Science Fair; I played Mrs. Sowerberry in this year's theatrical production of Oliver!..."

*New card*

"...I am your free throw champion two years running; and my first poem was published in the local newspaper."

*New card*

"But, first and foremost, I am your classmate."

*New card*

"As we leave these halls, some of us will take a short journey down the street to the vocational high school, others across town to specialized programs in the arts. But we will always be..."

*New card*

"TOGETHER IN OUR HEARTS!!!"

(Wait for applause)

*Unplanned for non-applause*
*New card, quickly*
*Faster*
*New card*
*Don't drop the...*
*Great*

"Um..."

*Flip* *Flip* *Flip*

"...In the dawn of a new technological age of computers and..."

*Flip* *Flip* *Flip*

"...and advanced technology..."

*89.5% - English*
*93% - Math*
*92% - French*
*88% - Art*
*96% - Science*
*First string - Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Slow Pitch*
*Kissed by a popular boy*

"Um..."

Keep Toronto Reading. February 1-28, 2007

4 comments:

The Chapatikid said...

Killer.

Julie Wilson said...

Because it was set in the 80s? ;)

The Chapatikid said...

:-)
Because he's using index cards.

Julie Wilson said...

*HE*??? This is all about the ladies! ;)