By Nancy K. Miller
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Even being wrong was worth it to be rewarded with her attention. Once she slapped me with the back of her hand across the thighs, commanding me to expand my turnout. We would walk on a diagonal making a gesture of pointing (dramatically) to the corner we were facing. The success or failure of the gesture was tied to the spirit of the arm’s arc, the energy as the arm unfolded, rather than its actual reach. Graham would interrupt the student halfway across the floor if the feeling in her gesture was wrong—timid or overly graceful, balletic.
I loved their dresses, which had a way of skimming, almost skipping over your hips so that you could imagine yourself thin. One with a low scoopneck in black that I wore to a New Year’s Eve party, feeling quite daring. You might think knit dresses a pretty tenuous thread for holding separate lives together in memory, crafted in the pages of other people’s books. It is and it isn’t. The path of identification provides one of the major byways along which interactive remembering moves. You follow the threads that take you back, even if then there was no story, just the loose threads you see now woven into a readable fabric, material for another story: your own.
Will you? Your father wasn’t a writer or a crook, just a lawyer or a businessman. what do you think of my memoir? Your mother didn’t drink or suffer from tuberculosis. You are not now, thank God, dying of breast cancer, or AIDS. And my memoir is also about you. 2 Decades I Before Feminism: – Ideally, one would be Simone de Beauvoir, smoking with Sartre at the Deux Magots, making an eccentric domestic arrangement that was secondary to important things and in their service. One would be poised, brilliant, equipped with a past, above the fray, beyond it, foreign not domestic.