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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Houston in the New Yorker or Describing Where You Live

Local writer Antonya Nelson has a story in the New Yorker. It's called Shauntrelle, and it is set in Houston. I'm always fascinated with how writers describe a place I've actually lived. Her main character, Constance, has just moved into one of the large, soulless apartment complexes that dot Houston. It's spot-on to the place I just moved out of:

At the front desk of the Laventura, a disdainful blond woman provided her with a handful of devices for entry into her new life: apartment and mailbox keys, garage-gate remote, car tag, a code for accessing inner sanctums bearing keypads. Up the dizzying garage ramp Constance drove, around and around, seeking out her stall. On one side of it a racing bike was locked to a fire hose; on the other sat a vintage Mercedes with soft tires, mint green.... The apartment door had a lighted doorbell and a peephole, and was situated in a long hallway of such doors. The only distinguishing characteristic was the welcome mat. Some doorways had one; some did not. Fanny Mann’s was bright red, not a speck of dirt on it.
[via Houstonist]

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