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Review: Davy Rothbart tells it true in 'My Heart Is an Idiot'
Review: Davy Rothbart tells it true in 'My Heart Is an Idiot'

--------------------My Heart Is an IdiotEssaysDavy RothbartFarrar, Straus and Giroux: 320 pp, $26--------------------The love of Davy Rothbart's life is a character from Allison Anders' 1992 film "Gas Food Lodging." Shade, played by Fairuza Balk, is the wan and ephemerally beautiful daughter of a New Mexico trailer park waitress. From the day Rothbart — the editor of Found magazine and a "This American Life" favorite — first saw the film, he's fallen only for women with slivers of Shade to them: wraithlike girls who are often more fiction than fact."In the weeks and months that followed, my desire for her dominated my being.... It's been seventeen years since I came out of...

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