charles isherwood on purses

(full review here)

Ms. Ephron’s antipathy to the purse stems from her habitual inability to keep hers properly organized and hygienic. In the chaos of its interior she sees a symbol of herself, as in a dark mirror smudged with old lipstick and smelling of spilled perfume. But while laughing with no small sense of relief at Ms. Ephron’s identification with her bedraggled accessory, I realized that I do possess a small, disorganized receptacle filled with useless detritus, one that could be said to reflect my inadequacies as a person. It’s my apartment.

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