By Ruth Fowler
A tender British woman-broke and out of luck-does conflict with Manhattan's underworld of dancers, medications, and the intercourse Ruth Fowler is a twenty-five-year-old Brit with a Cambridge measure and a middle-class history who arrives in manhattan urban with goals of changing into a journalist. yet getting a piece visa in post-9/11 the US proves to be difficult. It does not take lengthy for money and incentive to run out-sending Fowler to the guts of Manhattan's darkish underbelly of strip golf equipment and the intercourse exchange, the place as her modify ego "Mimi" she works as a dancer for greater than years. either uncooked and stunning, lady, Undressed tells the harrowing tale of her descent into darkness, the younger and prosperous Eton-educated Englishman with whom she perilously falls in love, and her revelatory trip again to herself.
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I go back, recheck against diaries and e-mails home, notes, memory, yet even fiction cannot assuage their impact. I have four days to find somewhere to live, a job, a future. Seven hundred dollars in my bank account. And I do not yet know how to use the Manhattan subway system. If you are Indian you head to Jackson Heights; if Dominican, Washington Heights; Russian, Brighton Beach; Polish, East Williamsburg; Kazakhstani, Nigerian, Bengali, Lebanese—there is a place for everyone, everyone in their place in New York.
It was a relief, being with people who understood what it was, more than I did, to be a nonperson, to find that solid earth was becoming unsteady, unfamiliar, with the unmistakable, almost resentful air of stolen goods. You seek your own kind. The Mexicans from the restaurant lived in a studio, all six of them, in Astoria, a decent neighborhood. Benji was in Greenpoint, sharing a room with two other Hungarians, a fourth soon to arrive. I sought my own kind but I couldn’t find them. They weren’t in the cheap accommodations you find on craigslist, that’s for sure.
But what’s this? What are they saying? Go! Get out! What is she doing here? What is the purpose of her visit, this strange visa-less Caucasian creature seeking employment in establishments that are the preserve of those who lack, not of those who derive from a perfectly efficient First World country on friendly, indeed loving, terms with God’s Blessed Land. When you are white, English, educated, and without an H-1B visa, you’re a reject among rejects, caught in no man’s land, land of nobody. You find that you must seek employment with those few whites who filter through the visa system because of pigheadedness, because of stupidity, because of laziness, because it’s easier not to bother plowing through the reams of paperwork required by the process of getting legal—that and the fact that they didn’t have a hope in hell of fooling USCIS into thinking they would contribute anything useful to this country.