By Barry Hannah
Now thought of a latest vintage, Airships used to be commemorated by way of Esquire journal with the Arnold Gingrich brief Fiction Award. The twenty tales during this assortment are a clean, exuberant occasion of the recent American South — a land of highschool band contests, the place solid previous boys from Vicksurg are reunited in Vietnam and petty nostalgia and the consistent soreness of disillusioned love be triumphant. Airships is a remarkable demonstration of Barry Hannah's mature and unique expertise.
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Most people, though, don’t give me much thought,” she says, looking at the tips of her toes. ” I shake my head vaguely and to realign my gaze onto the cat path. What the hell am I doing here? There hasn’t been one lousy cat come past here yet. I shut my eyes for twenty or thirty seconds, arms folded across my chest. Lying there, eyes closed, I can feel the sweat bead up over different parts of my body. On my forehead, under my nose, around my neck, the slightest sensations, as if tiny moistened feathers had been floated into place here and there.
Always the same route. Say, you know Mr. Suzuki? ” “Mr. ” She goes on in some detail, but it turns out that I don’t know our Mr. Suzuki. “I hardly ever watch TV,” I say. “Horrible family,” the girl sneers. “Stuck-up, the whole lot of them. ” The girl picks up her Marlboros, takes one out, and rolls it around unlit between her fingers. “Well, I suppose there’s decent folk among them, but they’re not my type. Now, the Miyawakis, they were okay people. Mrs. Miyawaki was nice. And Mr. ” “Don’t know,” said the girl, flicking the end of her cigarette.
Ten minutes, that’s all. A mere ten minutes. That’s not such a fatal loss, is it? I’m not asking for anything more. That much is plain goodwill. But whatever, just answer the question. Do you want me naked? Or should I put something on? I’ve got all kinds of things, you know. Garter belts and …” Garter belts? I must be going crazy. What woman has garter belts in this day and age? Models for Penthouse, maybe. “Naked is fine. And you don’t have to move,” I say. Four minutes down. “My pubic hair is still wet,” the woman says.