Summer 1980 • Vol. II No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 1980 |

Retribution

That Connie Chasen returned my fatal attraction toward her at first sight was a miracle unparalleled in the history of Central Park West. Tall, blond, high cheekboned, an actress, a scholar, a charmer, irrevocably alienated, with a hostile and perceptive wit only challenged in its power to attract by the lewd, humid eroticism her every curve suggested, she was the unrivaled desideratum of each young man at the party. That she would settle on me, Harold Cohen, scrawny, long-nosed, twenty-four-year-old, budding dramatist and whiner, was a non sequitur on a par with octuplets. True, I have a facile way with a one-liner and seem able to keep a conversation going on a wide range of topics, and yet I was taken by surprise that this superbly scaled apparition could zero in on my meager gifts so rapidly and completely. "You're adorable," she told me, after an hour's energetic exchange while we leaned against a bookcase, throwing back Valpollacello and finger foods. "I hope you're going

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Woody Allen has published four collections of short pieces and plays including Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects. He has written and directed over forty films.

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