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  • Even if I try to push the thoughts of him out of my mind, he returns: chubby, baby-faced, bespectacled, Harvard-educated him, at his desk, a photo of someone he admires taped above his computer as he clack-clack-clacks away on the keys.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Leaning on her door, I try to memorize the lines so I can repeat them later for my friend Genka in the same tragic and melancholy voice, a voice destined for somber theater audiences wrapped in velvet and furs.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Like almost everyone I know, I hope to have a lot of money myself one day, and in the meantime I try to remember how rich I am already compared to most of the rest of the world: golf, restaurant meals, trips to Italythese are not the hallmarks of poverty.

    The Italian Summer

  • I try to get there before my mother so we can have a nice quietvisit.

    Decoys, Inc.

  • On the right-curling, uphill eighth, after I hit my second shot and he shanked his third off into the trees, he turned to me and said, I try another one.

    The Italian Summer

  • As I am huffing down the street I try not to concentrate on the torture I am inflecting on myself.

    CSS: Shaping the New You

  • I try to imagine an American airport, but all I can see is the one-story shack of Pulkovo, with two rusty toilets and a dozen planes scattered on cracked asphalt taken over by weeds.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • AFTER MY DISAPPOINTMENT over the Montgomery Ward job, I confessed to Jack about my unsuccessful job-hunting expedition in Chicago and mentioned the suggestion from the woman at NBC that I try for a job in the sticks.

    An American Life

  • I try to divide the people I know into intelligentny vs. not intelligentny categories, but the list of the former comes out much shorter than the latter.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • I try to call Dr. Kerr, the doctor who gave me my first cycle over ten years ago, but his number is disconnected.



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