IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN BY ZACH SWISS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42
34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42
THREE DAYS IN DECEMBER
THE NAME IS BOND.
JAMES BOND. OR IS IT?
AKA AGRIPPINA DOMANSKI
PASSING FROM COMMON
LAW INTO FOREVER
KAREN BREMER MASUDA
IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN
That evening they sit in the fading light on the restaurant’s patio and analyze her prospects. She and her coach decide that her quarter, with the third and seventh seeds at either pole, is, if not perfect, at least promising, the seventh seed having failed to advance past the fourth round of the last five Grand Slams and the third seed only recently recovered from knee surgery. “She’s vulnerable,” her father, who’s been listening silently, contributes as he finishes the final octopus tentacle. “You can beat her.”
Scattered phrases reach her mid-swing as her father, who usually disregards pre-match prognostication, reads aloud: “one of the tournament’s youngest”, “impressive recent victories”, “uncommonly powerful forehand”. Across the net, her coach continues to feed her shots. “The Los Angeles Times says you’re a player to watch and a star in the making,” her father summarizes. “Feel good?”
JAMES BOND. OR IS IT? BY POLINA SIMAKOVA AKA AGRIPPINA DOMANSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42
THREE DAYS IN DECEMBER BY MAXIMUS ADARVÉ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42