Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A whore’s requiem: Butterfield 8 by John O'Hara

In the early 30s, Gloria Wandrous is a single girl in New York with a fast life; mink coats, a good deal more booze than is good for you, a speakeasy for every occasion, gratuitous sex with wealthy married men, and a kiddie fiddler in her past.

Today she’d be working towards a degree in womyn’s studies and call herself empowered. It wouldn’t be a mink coat; she’d steal bling. She’d be on drugs, prescribed for anxiety and otherwise, hang out in the sort of place where poets shout loudly at an audience of three, bang black rappers, NBA stars and footballers, and have a kiddie fiddler in her past.

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