Contemporary Women

Air Kisses by Zoe Foster

By Zoe Foster

If the satan wears Prada, then God wears l. a. Mer.

Hannah Atkins - the lady probably to be carrying unblended beginning, orange wrists or a wobbly path of liquid eyeliner - has bluffed her method into the location of good looks editor at Gloss journal. simply as she's carving a direction into the glossy international of guerrilla air kisses, achingly hip PR campaigns and goodie-bag overload, she reads approximately her boyfriend and one other lady within the gossip pages of the neighborhood rag. Then she will get dumped. through text.

Vowing to claw again a few dignity and make her ex remorse what he's performed, Hannah adopts a manifesto of hardcore principles. Don't turn into most sensible neighbors with the dreaded ladies at paintings. Don't drink fourteen glasses of Moët & Chandon at PR launches. Don't pass domestic with irrelevant males. and definitely don't get all besotted along with your top friend's brother.

As her principles begin to slip away, Hannah unearths herself having to choose extra vital issues than simply the ideal colour of lip gloss . . .

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Were these the mountains in which his father had taken him fishing and a professor from Colorado State had brought him to identify wildflowers when he was in junior high? I’d imagined the Alps, something out of The Sound of Music, like up in Estes Park, not this harsh landscape. Abruptly, I saw a chasm between our worlds as ominous and unknowable as these drab, outsized peaks. It didn’t strike me as odd that we should travel for weeks sequestered from other humans. I had no group of friends at school to compare with, no sense of what young people our age did when they traveled, especially in 1970.

I don’t really begrudge the squirrels. I enjoy their antics, their twitching tails and the way they traverse the wire suspended upside down, paw over paw, like a kid on a ropes course. What does this have to do with Kim? Now I am the one taking solace from nature, as Kim once said he did. I with my body chemistry corrected.

Students shot bottle rockets out the dorm windows: riot as lark. I’d been to only one antiwar rally, a peaceful Moratorium against the War on the Boston Commons. ” I was disappointed to find sunbathers, balloons, boys asking my name. It had seemed more like a rock concert than a protest rally. In Cambridge, after Nixon bombed Cambodia and four students were killed at Kent State, skulls were cracked, lungs gassed. Protesters roared and surged like a weird wave breaking against the bricks of Harvard Square.

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