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April 21, 2018

This is entirely random and on the d/l, but since it involves that most public of public figures I thought I'd share. Can you imagine how strange and surreal it would be to wake up in the morning and find yourself the subject of one of his 3am hate tweets?

This just happened to someone I know (though haven't seen in a while). In her capacity as one of the most high profile of these, she has in the current era become a lightning rod for both sides. Not a week goes by when that Philadelphia-based blogger doesn't diss her - men, in particular, are basically obsessed with this person (in a sort of analogous way to that A++ list female politician). Of course, because it's him who is hating on her, DK has a sympathetic front page post. This all switches from day to day, basically.

Anyhow, back in the day (are the 90s back in the day yet?), she and I were in a fiction writing class with a certain out gay novelist who didn't much like teaching, and was known to the young men of the class for sometimes sleeping with them, and his voluminous porn collection.

I wrote this story about being a barely legal hustler in San Francisco called "the Tenderloin's Edge." It wasn't very good (largely because it wanted to be told for what it was - a true rather than fictional story). But she was the only person in the class who got what I was trying to do, and asked me questions about the experience behind it afterward. That's how we got to know each other. It's funny because she was practically a magician when it came to making people feel comfortable about answering questions/sharing. She'd go on to make a living doing that.

And she was right: I should write it in her preferred medium, non-fiction. I'm trying to get on that long running radio show - the one with the themed episodes on the not-for-profit stations - to tell this story. 

Maggie Haberman/Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton/Allan Gurganus/This American Life/NPR

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