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Feb.22.2010
I GET AN EDGE      PART TWO      MY "INVISIBLE ANGEL." It's 1961. I'm 18 and I've peaked. Playing on the freshman basketball team I try everything to increase my vertical leap. Deep knee bends, stairway sprints, hops and skips, leg presses--nothing works. I still can't get more than...
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Jan.25.2010
 I STEAL A MATCHBOOK FROM MARILYN MONROE/PART SIX THE SECRET OF THE CRYPTIC MATCHBOOK  Chapels are filling. Mourners are milling. Rabbis are chafing. Patience is waning. Thoughts turn to the lox and bagels, the chopped liver and pickled herring--the rugelach and Russian coffee cake that await the...
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Jan.18.2010
I STEAL A MATCHBOOK FROM MARILYN MONROE/PART FIVE I TAKE MARILYN TO THE SECRET PLACE   She's Marilyn Monroe. But she has to go. We have twenty funerals today. The Miller mourners have departed, leaving wisps of smoke, gum wrappers and crushed dixie cups. Now the reposing room has to be turned over...
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Jan.01.2010
 I STEAL A MATCHBOOK FROM MARILYN MONROE PART FOUR I GIVE MARILYN THEGRAND TOUR  I have a guilty secret: I'm not attracted to Marilyn Monroe. I'm a serial self-abuser when it comes to her earthy imitators--Mamie Van Doren and Jayne Mansfield. I can sit through seven cartoons, a newsreel and a...
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Dec.23.2009
I BUY A TOE TAG FOR MARILYN/PART THREE  Hollywood has names for them. The "double-takers" --the ones who look familiar so you look again and still can't remember their names. The "isn't that," or "wasn't he in" celebrities. I'll learn those categories in a life to...
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Nov.12.2009
STEALING FROM THE DEAD It's 1961 and the CIA has decided to ruin my life. It wasn't enough that they created Islamic fundamentalism to overthrow the Government of Iran, provoked, funded and then ignored insurrections in Eastern Europe, slipped LSD to unsuspecting dissidents, destroyed democracy...
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Oct.23.2009
I MEET THE FIXER.  It's 1960. The US is beginning its longest period of economic expansion in history. But as business booms disillusion gnaws at the national psyche. The Russians shoot down the U2, an American spy plane. President Eisenhower disavows its mission, then backs off and becomes the...