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England was very gloomy and the area around
James Senior's house
was extremely gray and inactive. I typed letters and took the tube
down to Victoria and then to Picadilly Station. My host was reserved
and seemed physically at odds with his rather extreme ideas.
tape-recorded himself having sex with a corpse. With what he
later described as "intense self-disgust" he returned to the
United States to have a vasectomy, in order, he later wrote, "to
make sure that the last potent seed I had spent was with a cadaver."
When I saw her leave I got off of the crates which constituted my bed
and stepped cautiously into the bare yard. On one side stood a
whitewashed and crumbling stone wall, with a single picture dangling
from a nail. It was a weatherbeaten watercolor of the sky, with a cracked
frame. I stared into the vacant sunlight, the electric lines buzzing on
all sides. It began to rain. It was then that I realized that I was still
sitting at my table and looking into a jam-jar filled with water and
the sheets of paper all around.