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									The Revolution Will Be Accessorized
Author: Aaron Hicklin

Since it first went to press in 1996, BlackBook has established itself as an arbiter of style, and a forum
for new and dynamic writing. The Revolution Will Be Accessorized gathers many of the magazine's
strongest pieces, and the result is a star-studded collection that addresses the intersection of pop
culture, the arts, politics, and fashion, with provocative contributions from many of today's best writers,
including: Augusten Burroughs on Christmas with his mother Jonathan Ames on his boyhood sneaker
fetish Meghan Daum on L.A. bourgeois Also included are pieces by Neal Pollack, Sam Lipsyte, Joan
Didion, Naomi Klein, William T. Vollmann, DBC Pierre, Emma Forrest, and Douglas Coupland, among
others. Raw, edgy, and always insightful, The Revolution Will Be Accessorized is a window on to what's
happening outside the mainstream.

Meghan Daum One recent morning I was sitting at my desk in my home in Los Angeles when the
telephone rang. The display on the caller ID said Sandra Bernhard and indicated a number in the Greater
L.A. Metro. I took in a minor gasp. The actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard, who has always occupied
a place on my altar of celebrity worship, was calling me. What could she want? Perhaps she had read
something of mine, a book or an article, and wanted to work with me on a project. Maybe she was
developing a cable television show or radio program or humor book about some cultural malady she
thought I'd relate to, like chronic misanthropy or dry skin or dogs that shed. Perhaps she knew someone I
knew -- how many degrees of separation could there be between Sandra Bernhard and me? -- and wanted
to "touch base," "put a call in," issue forth some recognition of our shared sensibilities, invite me out for
coffee to talk about the possibility of collaboration, or whatever, you know, just say hi. It was a Monday
morning, the first day back to work after a long holiday weekend, and as the ringing phone vibrated in my
palm the promise of good fortune buzzed through me like caffeine.The days had been unremarkable of
late. A slow September had folded into a slower October and November, the lack of seasons erasing any
sense of urgency or passage of time. But there I was, on the first day of December, receiving a call from
Sandra Bernhard, who was possibly calling because she wanted to option an obscure article I'd written for
an obscure magazine, who possibly suspected I was a person whom she should get to know, who
possibly wanted to be my friend, possibly very soon. There was a rightness about it all, a karmic logic,
proof, finally, that things really did turn around when one was patient. This entire sequence of thoughts
passed through my mind in the time it took for the phone to ring two times. I waited through the third ring
to answer, preparing an air of vocal insouciance that would conceal my euphoric anticipation.It was
Blanca Castillo, my cleaning lady. She was calling to ask if she could come on Saturday rather than
Friday. In my shock, I barely listened to her. I wondered if Sandra Bernhard was right there, puttering
around in leather pants and Manolos while Blanca stole away to the telephone. I wondered if Sandra
Bernhard was neater than I was, if Blanca preferred her to me, if Blanca worked for celebrities throughout
the week and saw me as a kind of charity case, a neophyte in the realm of domestic employment.
Though she's been in this country for almost twenty years, Blanca's English is halting and uncertain, and
as she stumbled through an apologetic explanation of why she couldn't come on Friday I felt a chemical
shift inside myself; the euphoria vanished as quickly as it had appeared. The disappointment was almost
overwhelming. Sandra Bernhard had not called me. It was another Monday, another month. Soon it would
be another year. Still the sun shined.I cannot take this anecdote any further without explaining that before
moving to Los Angeles, nearly a year ago, I'd never employed outside help to clean my house. I grew up
in a family whose liberal guilt collided with its midwestern origins with such thunderous intensity that I
was thirty before I ever drove (unsure of what to do) into a car wash and thirty-three before I considered
the possibility that paying someone twenty dollars an hour to perform services for which they actively
advertise and/or take referrals is not necessarily on a par with running a sweatshop.
Author Bio
Aaron Hicklin
Aaron Hicklin joined BlackBook as editor-in-chief after five years with Gear magazine. The author of Boy
Soldiers, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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