Excerpted from the in-progress novel, Buffalo.
Because Bea’s collection consisted of more than what she could store in refrigerators or under the bed she took Kotter on a tour of Buffalo’s female body parts. Cities were, according to Bea, a patriarchal invention and the urban space was one in which women were forced to navigate in a way that was uncomfortable and unnatural. The Feminist’s Guide to Walking the City also encouraged an awareness of, and subsequent tribute to the working women enslaved throughout the urban landscape. This suggestion was contained within a chapter called “Stoned” which Kotter thought was funny and Bea did not. She put on her hat, a scarf and some waxy lip balm from a green tin. Her hands then black in leather gloves, she pointed a finger at him.
“You think this will be boring.”
“I guess so,” he said.