Academic journal article The Mailer Review

I Miss You

Academic journal article The Mailer Review

I Miss You

Article excerpt

I CANNOT RECALL WHEN, OR HOW WE MET ... BUT WHERE? It was at the Actors Studio!

Norris's height, 5 feet ten-and-a-half. Mine, 4 feet ten-and-a-half... We loved to exchange clothes! YES! Often we wore each others clothes! And somehow they always fit!

My Norris knew how to wear makeup. She knew all the models' secrets: eyeliner, you put it here, shading goes there, deepens and lengthens, shortens there. She knew all that stuff. She was very serious about her looks and appearance. Everything she did was committed and worked on with discipline (Norman?)

She always remembered what YOU liked. Such as my silver pig pin and the ceramic flying pig on the wall of my kitchen.

We were sitting on the carpeted floor of her little studio, which was not far from their family apartment on 142 Columbia Heights, which she kept for herself to paint in, read in, write in, escape to? All her chotskies were there and a wonderful small photo of Norman and her in the bathroom. One I always coveted. I had asked her to listen to what I hoped was the beginning of a book of my memoirs. Her response was attentive, and swiftly "cut to the chase" (she must have learned that from Norman). As time went by, we checked in with each other; she confessed to be writing a book as well. Not her memoir A Ticket to the Circus. That was later. We shared opinions. We trusted each other. …

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