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The hotel, like the city itself, was on the verge of a transformation. In a year or two the fluorescent tubes would be gone, shining new globes in their place, as would the linoleum, replaced by inlaid wood. Soon there wouldn’t be any room for her kind here. Even now, the old bohemians were dying off, or drifting on. Rents were going up. The Chelsea was gradually being gentrified. The woman seemed determined to sing all day. A jackhammer would have been preferable. A bullet to the head, and then a blissful oblivion.

Harry’s anonymous disciple had this to add: The problem was, they forgot to sacrifice the chicken! Can you believe it! Anybody who watches TV knows that! For anything related to voodoo you gotta sacrifice a chicken! In voodoo you gotta sacrifice a goddamn chicken to get outta bed in the morning! What a hoot! Harry and I spent many a night howling with laughter at their ignorant gaffe. In the end, however, the maids’ spells, amateurish as they no doubt were, seem to have weakened Harry. ” as he bubbled with excitement at the prospect of moving on to the next plane of existence.

Ray said. “Nobody could! ” He seemed to be implying that William was doing it purposely to drive him crazy. “Yeah, it is kind of annoying,” I said, chuckling. qxd:Layout 1 8/27/07 1:28 PM Page 33 1996: B OHEMIAN F LOPHOUSE Ray scowled at my levity. ” he said, like some kind of demented bohemian drill sergeant. “I wouldn’t go that far,” I said. ” “Uh, yeah,” I said. Close enough, I figured, for the sake of argument. “For you it’s different,” Ray proclaimed. ” It made me wonder what sort of misconceptions he was harboring, of Southerners in general and of myself in particular.

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