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Tillman was born in New York City where she stili lives. Her first novel, HaunJ;ed Hcltlses, was publlshed 'In 1967. Since
she has wrItten three, more 'novels, two collections' of stories, essays about art and fravelling, and film manuscripts. TlIiman belongs toa new generation of experlrnenttnq Arnertcan, writers. Little Tales of New York illustrates thl$. Often her stories have beglnnin'gs butno ends; Dr she uses a kind of' photographic narrative technique where one-snap-snot-tlke description follows another; Apparently there is no connection beLD tween the descriptions - or' it is up to the reader to find' these connections. It is one oFTI1I,man's beliefs that all human beings live parallel lives, orily connecting now and then. (Compare: Robert Altman's film Short Cuts, based on Raympnd Carver's stories, Is another illustration of thls}, , I/ ' ~, Lynne Tillman
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day was IOl1g~'J3'ut the Ta.hard.life and the only g'b'odthing in it was his dog. So he tb~w-l1it~!a1f off the lower level of die. Queeusboro Bridge, into tbi: Eas~iver. ij_e hst1d his <dog in his arms. The,dJ)g was discovered in the rive'f\utting at the man's body. ~ wis trying toc~'his master to shore. But the.man was dead "and the dog was placed in a shelter. ' 2. There was a discontented' woman who discovered at sixteen that she was adopted. She was relieved, because she'd .always been dissatisfied with her parents. The woman spent 'twenty years searching for her 'birth: mother. Finally she foundher, and they were reunited on.Staten Island.- But the woman-was disappointed in her birth mother, who died shortly afterward. AndJor'the rest of her life she regretted having: looked for lier, 3. There were, two teenaged brothers who lovt;d snakes. They kept 11 13-f061 Burrnesepython in the Bronx project wherethey lived. They hoped 10 make careers out of'caring for reptiles, But one
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The fallen champ said of the 15 new champ.) oplagt.000. 40 78 .:"When I first saw howsmall he was. I was ready to pick up a copy ofthe Dally News and read while I was eating.): appellere (til) '50Ive: lese 'slaying: cheap: "argue med drab nrerlg with: . One day she mel a you~g man and fell ill love. M his gamo.his home was near by. The brother was found lying face down inapool of his own blood in the hallway of the apartment building. slag"e [st. The man had been sleepingin the lot. Then she and her lover went to a hitman and arranged to have herbusband murdered.twenty-three and a half franks in twelve minutes. He didn't give her enough household money. "He loved animals:' she said.~Qg:nlse: erkende 'pas. He'd been stabbed many times. him and grewto hate him.!<>endes I smug There was a Bronx man who was found deadin a vacant lot. "He wentto the zoo all the time. There was a determined wife who stayed home and took cure the children. 'when one of the brothers 'was about to feed the snake a live chicken. Nakajima set a new world record at Nathanis Famous on Coney Island . But her ·husband was cheap. for $10. She kept no food in her loft Her eyes grew big in her head. murder 'furth. i toprorrn Iy"ant: torn lot: (bY9ge)grun<! stab: stlkke de'tectlve: 'suspect: krlmlnalt>etjent (5b. 'Her husband' also fell in love with someone else and went to the samehitrnan to. He held ro the record as the world champion hot-dog eater.allowance. For a while she was furtively happy.. 'dethroned: IIdenskab detronlseret 4. 7. 20 'rlmk (51. ruUet sam en spiral 'mldrlrrr mellcmgulv day. The killers had even tried to cut out his heart.ely: Ihitmani lejernorder 'meagre: ringe al'lowanc:et (hu." 5 Ire. There was a woman who wanted to be skinny.loaldnln!l5)peng" plot' plan of 30 'foU:'l<omme hlnanden 'mlsera ble: pa tV<l:rs af stakkels sta rch: -SUvelse 3S his wife. Their mother had asked her sons 10 get rid of thepython. There was a man from Queens who had a big appetite.j prey: byUe 'hallwav: a'partment fomal bulldlng: be- boelsesejendom 'coiled: snoet. The snake was still coiled around his midriff and back. Both plots were [Qile(t and the miserable pair went to jail. the python mistook the brother [Of prey.) mlstrenkt ap'peal (t. zs 6. though. She saved her meagre household. She ate not fat 01' starch.. But J20-potJnd 'Animal'. as he was called. Japan's top eating champ.) '" frankfurter 'aUen. Detectives have no suspect and have appealed to the public for help in solving theheartless slaying. Btl! he 'Was on his game". b~i she recognised her son's passion for reptiles. She argued with. was dethroned by i44-pound Hirefumi Nakajima.lon.
5 wltste f aw.. ! the New Ji::l1'kPost headline screamed. And she expected him \0 help btast: eksplo. He tried to get her back .. i J .\ :. So he phoned her one day and arranged to take..eWiCl: "FII'~' To". tlgg" 09 bed . the whole '''"VV'' (vb.) ". He didn't want the divorce.Isuflde family for a drive. It's said she wasted away.( Sql [. blow lip his family'. He became 11)01'e and more enraged andfrus-t8!Je: voldsom IIdensl<l!b trated. but she' 79 . Many people in her company envied her. He planted a bop~b in his car-and if exploded... IS 'Love rage drove dad to. hen I !! 'j i dl'vQrce: $kll~mtsse 1'1. II .. 'I\ .I . d'.el~"..\ 'Ii :!.. 'HE WAS EVIL'.1 1I She stared hungrily at friends as they ate their food. never.I . H 1. 1986 -". but she said no. They had four children. but she did. One day she disappeared. 8'. a man whose wi fe left him. en'raged: rasen~e 'I \l :I 10 and pleaded. I! 9. There W!lS a young woman 011 Viall Streetwho worked her way up the ladder.yz ta:t'cs. exlpect: jcrvente "up'port: (ors"l'9" I '1 There was.. . He murdered them and himself with one blast.lon support their kids.
a strictmother. One day. There was a security guard who-was bored at work . 11. He-asked his younger brother to help him. He also remembered that Georgevitch was wanted for petty larceny and cheque-forging and that he'd once been arrested for impersonating an officer. 'fDrVhig: f. "onske" guar<h (vb.. It happened that a police officer was listening to the sameoldies' programme.19 last surtVive. daughter was good enough to eat. If he'd known a copwas listening he wouldn't have given his name. 'He did get seriously injured.. but he shrvived.. he remembered-it. The mother was just 'trying to cope with thetragedy of having oue son in the hospital and the other in custody'. second-de'greee and engrads-.' said a deteclive. r!'!'fus!:. 'buthe had God with him. So the older brother I .!g' netse" empl~ylet!z enset re'move: [jerne had her boss's approval. at the school cafeteria where she worked. He was going to use a crossbow and an-ow.to kill her. l l Irn'pet"onot". 10. she thought her. said.Georgevitch walked around a vast Manhattan office buildingsix nights a week. I 5 10 'venllefuh 'custDdy. Georgevitch gave his name and the narneand address of the building he guarded. ap'proval: (her:) ·veT. he said. strIct: streng. na:!1lte '1'''1ge: s. She was religious and made them study hard. The younger one refused to do it.ldlgvls 15 th"t •••: tilrap. saret udtrykke. There 'were two brothers :in the Bronx who had.' Their forgiving mother expressed no vengeful feelings 'toward her older son. When he heard the security guard's unusual name.) b"D!!t" It happened r".etle . Georgevitchwas 'picked up and taken to jail..) . varetllegtsfa. She set the temperature 10 425 degrees.shot him with the crossbow and arrow. and she was fired. 12. udglve ~~ H )0 35 80 . The older brother 'hated her. TIle brothers argued.. The arrow lodged in his neck. When her mother-hated her. He wanted.er! 20 'petty 'ho. But the girl went to the hospital-with second-degree burns all over her body. 'When her mother loved her. Later that same night.ceny. School employees quickly removed the girl."gsel vast:vldtstrakt rc>'Quest: bede om. h:evngerrlg' There was a sweet little girl from Queens. the police. but he was going crazy watching the cleaningpeople. she thought her daughter was the devil.: overteve 'Injured: exlpr'l!::!IIs: kV!I'!stet. Then one day her boss died. One dull night he called an oldies' radio-station a lid requested-a song: 'Secret AgentMan'.lsk(n . the mother placed the little girl in the oven.
'And I like pain. he'd say.There W<lS 13. advertised his 'wish to become a donor 10 a female vampire'. 'vIolate.-."Iclde: 581vmord 'tetrllled: sk. Since he lost his mother.nevetl nSr-somherst !ildver.ekslageo shIeld.drink blood..h. and the police are protecting them. oV. His terrified daughter fears that she and her.to a certain 25 degree.' i . 'Drinkingblood's very iutimate. followed her everywhere. 15 I: u r! II 'r . • . . 'But he: wants somebody else to do it.. ned): nygtc brag: prete e'sc. It was red. H was love atfirst bite. in a subway station. a man wllQ was very jealous.' . there was a young dub woman who liked to .afraid of him and carried a protection order against him in her pocket When the jealous man stabbed.rtraede dye.' the yonng 'woman says. 5 shadowed her. il J She was. Now they happily nibble . ovetveJe '. free of disease and think they're ageless. One neighbour said. skjold' ! 10 w. After his lover J1& of Zl years nee (Oed. the protection order was stili in her pocket The man fled..tlse: '. She 20 met a man "ivhohad. 'When he got our of jail for violating the first protection order. Cops form a 'protective shield' around the two whenever they walk the murdered woman's grey poodle. . that he had a plane ticket to Miami. her to death. a crazy colour'.I sygdom Jntlmt 14.and Slick each other's necks.ape: undsllpp'e broke up with him.. grandmother are next. Another believes he was contemplating suicide." He's not well'. They trust each other to beforever.. His Brooklyn neighbours said he'd been bragging he'd cia it and escape.lbbl. Boy Boy.he dyed his hair.nlpP<t dJrsease2 'InUrnIlU~: annoncera til I. f~rv" '"critemplate. "I wish somebody would kill me..
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