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Hilma Wolitzer

  • ... the waitress intoned the specialties of the day. 'Chicken Cordon Bleu, Sole Amandine, Veal Marsala.' She might have been a train conductor in a foreign country, calling out the strange names of the stations.

  • Wolfie said she was romantic. And Robin had called her an asshole, which is more or less the same thing.

  • Time pulses from the afternoon like blood from a serious wound.

  • She was reminded of the song she'd first learned to tapdance to, the one about leaving your worries behind you and crossing to the sunny side of the street. If California wasn't the sunny side of the street, she didn't know what was.

  • ... hardly anything in L.A. was close to anywhere else you wanted to go.

  • When Linda confessed her dislike of driving, Cynthia said that driving was only a metaphor for living, and to think of entering a freeway as merging with the moving stream of life. While Linda was trying to absorb that idea, Cynthia continued, 'Hey, I ought to know something after fifteen years on the couch, shouldn't I? Now tell me all about how you got to California, and in God's name why.'

  • Cynthia wanted to know if she'd come out here to be discovered. When Linda looked blank for a moment, Cynthia laughed and said, 'How refereshing!' Everybody else, she assured Linda, was trying to break into the industry, on one level or another. Waiters, parking attendants, supermarket clerks. Her own houseman took method-acting classes, and her secretary wrote screenplays in her spare time. Cynthia said she half expected her dentist to break into song and dance during a root canal.

Hilma Wolitzer, U.S. novelist

(1930)