Monthly Archives: February 2012

Nothing Distressing About De-stressing

“Well, Ms. Kahn, that concludes our business,” Ms. Khan said, extending her hand. “I’m sure my employer will be happy with your temp- job. May we call on you again if need be?” “You’ve got my number.” That was some … Continue reading

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Lexie Kahn Gives a Damn

The check arrived – a tidy sum that would have kept me in chicken salad sandwiches and Frappuccinos for a month. Ms. Khan plunked down a credit card from her boss lady’s eponymous foundation. Well, the trustees weren’t going to … Continue reading

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Valentine No Longer Holds Love in Contempt

The waiter tilted his head, “Where did you get that glass, ma’am? Martinis aren’t on the menu here.” “I won’t be needing it then,” I said, tucking it into my purse. “Bring me the tart tatin and the large Ethiopian … Continue reading

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Word Snooper “Ironic” Poll

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The Word Snooper Feels Temptation

While Ms. Khan texted her boss I stared out the atrium window. The sun was beating down like the overhead bulb in an interrogation room. I suddenly had an odd craving for ice cream tempura. “Mrs. A—uh, my employer just … Continue reading

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The Origins of Tempera and Tempura

“How did you know who my employer is?” whispered Amira Khan. “I didn’t,” I said. “I played a hunch and you confirmed it.” She rolled her dark, neatly outlined eyes. “Oh, that old trope.” “You can’t have a pastiche without … Continue reading

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