From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Where have you read something very like this before? Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 23:01:30 -0500 alga quoted and wrote: >"Ah, America! Every image of it from the films is true, I thought to myself >as my oily-featured driver sped through amber lights and babbled maniacally >into his radio. The familiar smell (for this was my third visit) of a place >near the airport called Queens came to my nose. Which queen, or queens, were >referred to, however, no one could say. Power and greed and grand >Machiavellian scheming filled the very air along the avenue we travelled >on--Jackson Avenue, I think it was, no doubt named after the famous American >pop star possibly born nearby. Ferret-eyed mafiosi, underaged prostitutes, >neighborhood drug runners, confidence tricksters, and dreary lumpen nobodies >swarmed at every crossing and roundabout. Lying back on the odoriferous >upholstery, I drank in the teeming totality through every pore." > > --Ian Frazier, Shouts & >Murmurs, The New Yorker, July 7 > >Shouts & Murmurs is the regular weekly short satire department of The New >Yorker, and Ian Frazier is a prolific and excellent writer. The above is the >first paragraph of the new one, and, trust me, it gets better. Those of you >who pick up the reference (which seems pitch-perfect, though I'm sure it's a >coincidence) might want to pick up the issue, or at least skim through the >short piece at a newsstand. Okay, I'll bite. It must be coincidence, because a nod to a Wolfe story in a magazine like that would go unnoticed. Who among it's readers would ever have read 7AN--besides you? -Roy --