Ideas of Order in Park Slope
Lenin, Freud, Hitler

When the brew sounds abate he pads out to the kitchen and draws them each a first dose. "Now we know," he says with scalded tongue, "just what comes of big ideas: Lenin, Freud, Hitler. Mao, Derrida, Reagan."

"Madonna and Bill Gates."

"Laugh if necessary. I am just saying, move me no movements, theory me no theories, don't try to change the world. It's a big world, it can change itself. Our job is to survive."

She pokes his abdomen. "Sounds to me like the age of middles. Or as it's also known, middle age."

Mao, Derrida, Reagan