Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 NonfictionJuly 1, 1991 |

First Ed

First, Ed—who, for all the sense of drama her memory evokes, is surrounded with a certain haze, a nimbus of uncertainty. Did our encounter, the one I remember, take place in 1963 or 1964? It must, I think, have been 1964, if only because the Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" (a crucial clue) was on the radio that summer, lilting out of dashboards all over San Diego, along with "Don't Worry Baby," "Pretty Woman," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." It was the summer that my father's large brown and white Oldsmobile got a cracked block from the heat, and his hair, which had gone gray after my mother divorced him, went completely white, like Marie Antoinette's. A few months later the Dodgers, resplendent with Koufax, won the Series, and I and my fellow sixth-graders, transistors in hand, celebrated with loud huzzahs on the rough gravel playgrounds of Whittier Elementary School. All during the long hot months of vacation, I went once a week for a swimming lesson at the old YWCA downtown at

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American literary scholar, Terry Castle has published eight books, including the anthology The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall, which won the Lambda Literary Editor’s Choice award and was named one of the Year’s Ten Best Books of 2003 by The Advocate. She is a well-known essayist and teaches English as the Walter A. Hass Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.

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