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Lucia Berlin
“My legs! Lord Jesus stop the pain in my legs!”

“Hush John,” Florida said. “That’s only phantom pain.”

“Is it real?” I asked her.

She shrugged. “All pain is real.”
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Lucia Berlin
“Some lady at a bridge party somewhere started the rumor that to test the honesty of a cleaning woman you leave little rosebud ashtrays around with loose change in them, here and there. My solution to this is to always add a few pennies, even a dime.”
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

“US employment and income growth are now much more influenced by global conditions than in the past. Under these new circumstances, a distinction between domestic and foreign policy is analytically unproductive. For example, it risks categorizing movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) as originating from domestic conditions rather than their interaction with global processes. p 4”
Andrew Rojecki, America and the Politics of Insecurity

“Self-interest and cosmopolitan tolerance combine to explain the cultural allure of the global city for immigrants and professionals.." (ch 6)”
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Lucia Berlin
“The only reason I have lived so long is that I let go of my past. Shut the door on grief on regret on remorse. If I let them in, just one self-indulgent crack, whap, the door will fling open gales of pain ripping through my heart blinding my eyes with shame breaking cups and bottles knocking down jars shattering windows stumbling bloody on spilled sugar and broken glass terrified gagging until with a final shudder and sob I shut the heavy door. Pick up the pieces one more time.”
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

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