By Maggie Estep
"The storytelling has power and a spirit of uprising, giving us wish for the way forward for all these undesirable women with soiled faces and undesirable boys on bikes."—The manhattan Times
"There is ready Maggie Estep's paintings a directness, a transparent determination—a force to chop via, to wreck via, to claw through—that is impressive."—A.M. houses, writer of The Mistress's Daughter
"Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and horny; she turns an outstanding word and indicates a few leg."—Jonathan Ames, writer of get up, Sir!
Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old specialist gambler dwelling in Queens, manhattan. She is modestly profitable as a horseplayer and enjoys her paintings. even though avidly pursued by way of her lover, Clayton, who she refers to because the enormous Oaf, Alice's closest significant other is sweet, a small noticed puppy, and Alice likes it that approach. while Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to invite one in every of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a couple of issues get it wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose personal lover has simply been killed in a freak accident.
There is fierce love among Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), however it takes Alice's unintended discovery of an lousy mystery Kimberly has been protecting to actually carry 3 eccentric ladies, seventeen canine, and various fans together.
Maggie Estep has released six books, together with Hex, a brand new York instances amazing booklet of 2003. Her paintings has seemed in lots of magazines and anthologies together with: Brooklyn Noir, Queens Noir, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, the easiest American Erotica, and The Outlaw Bible of yank Poetry. She has played her paintings in a large choice of venues starting from Lincoln heart to Lollapalooza, Charlie Rose, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She lives in Woodstock, big apple.
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An opinion - unless it is unsatisfactory to the person who holds it - is simply to be taken as it is; there is no point in seeking to discover how or why it came into being. 15. Protagoras never suggests that what is regarded as just or deserving of reverence cannot vary from city to city. Hence, even were city life universal among mankind, the fact that justice and reverence are necessary for a city to survive would not imply that 'just' and 'honorable' are moral universals. 16. That men do find deficiency in civic excellence an evil is evident from Protagoras' whole description of the way this excellence is passed from generation to generation; men recognize it as something beneficial and so are eager to help each other acquire as much of it as possible (327a-b); and they make a pretense of possessing it even when they do not possess it at all (323a-b).
But just as there are sick men who cannot live on what suffices for most people, so there is the sort of person for whom the normal diet of justice and reverence that suffices for the majority will appear bad and in fact be bad. This person is the criminal, and in 322d he is expressly termed a 'disease of the city'. In some instances it may be possible to cure such a person by changing his condition or attitude to the point where this diet does seem satisfactory (cf. the process of correction and improvement described in 325a and 325d~326d); in other instances the only thing to do is to give him a change of diet by expelling him from the city (325a-b).
And we are just as Protagorean in our complete confidence in the technique of improving appearances - in our feeling that no matter what the problem is there must be some sort of expert who can be called in to solve it in a fairly painless way. William H. Whyte, in his well-known indictment of the organization man, cites21 as typical of what he dislikes the attitude revealed by one item in a standardized questionnaire put to executive trainees. The question is as follows: what does an employer say to workman A who wishes to know why workman B got the promotion which A had expected?