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    Bridge Ladies Sometimes I think a meteor could strike the earth and wipe out mankind with the exception of my mother’s Bridge club — Roz, Bea, Bette, Rhoda, and Jackie — five Jewish octogenarians who continue to gather for lunch and Bridge on Mondays as they have for over fifty years. When I set out to learn about the women behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, and most of all the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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Sometimes When We Touch The Honesty’s Too Much

Hi Betsy,

Thank you for ‘The Forest for the Trees.’ Great book. Are there any forms of persuasion that entice you back into editorial hire? $$$$? Good looks? The Yin-Yang swing of your text might lead a young stud to believe your interest in things pendulous is an opening…I have an important book you see…one that could change the way we think about everything…it hinges on, of all things, the history of writing. Can you recommend a good editor? I want one. Also, I went to self-publishing boot camp and was told to fuck the system and do it myself. Do you concur?

Sincerely Yours,

The Editor and The Young Stud


Dear Sin:

So glad you wrote in. Lots of people ask me if I think about going back into editorial, but few (none) have wondered what it might take to get me back: $$$$, good looks, a young stud’s pendulum. Yes, there are things that entice me as I count my 15% at the end of the day and wonder about the riches sitting there atop editorial hill. I also like: gin, Monte Carlos, milk shakes, thread count, lipsticks, titties and fine time pieces. As far as fucking the system and doing it yourself, I prefer to work within the system and fuck myself. Thanks for writing. Sincerely yours,  B

27 Responses

  1. I’d gladly buy you a case of gin. You wouldn’t want my titties.

  2. Betsy,
    Please don’t post any more of my self-portraits. I gave you those in confidence for my graphic memoir. Please. Please.
    TB

  3. Your posts give me great joy. Jews like gin? I’m currently into Irish Whiskey. I’m no longer a young stud, but maybe I can entice you with my chauffeuring proposal. I’ve started it! I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

    Love,
    Kyler

  4. Gorgeous illustration. Is this how you deal with hubris? – dress it down in self-mockery?

  5. Wait. Monte Carlos? You mean the American muscle that all the prison boys love because of the vaguely white supremacist logo? Weird. I woud have pegged you as a GTO or a fastback Mustang kind of a girl.

  6. if i were a man i’d want a bigger pendulum than that, betsy. hell, i’m a woman and i want a bigger pendulum than that. er. sorry.

  7. God, you sound so god damn New York! That’s not a compliment — so small, so conceited. You belong where
    you are.

  8. Did you throw in tittiies for diversity’s sake or does your pendulum swing both ways?

  9. Just reading this stuff gives me hope. maybe some day I will find an agent for my finished novel.

  10. Bringing laughter into my day again and again!!!

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