ON THE VERGE by ARIELLA PAPA
Twenty-three-year-old Jersey girl Eve Vitali is on the
verge of something . . . whether it be a relationship, the
fabulous life that she reads about in the Styles section of
the New York Times or a nervous breakdown. Despite her
Jackie O. suit, Eve works as an unappreciated assistant
for -- of all things -- a bicycle magazine. Everyone keeps
telling her that she's got her foot in the door, but the
rest of her is surfing the Net and schlepping around with
Tabitha, an Amazonian sex goddess. Between glam parties,
obligatory visits home and myriad men, Eve is realizing
that it takes a lot of work to get beyond the verge and on
to the next big thing . . .
It seems everyone has advice on how to get there:
Eve (on keeping her "foot in the door"):
"Develop artificial cheeriness. Answer all requests
Hypothetical: Person of dubious authority: 'Eve, why don't
you count all of the paper clips in the entire department
and then divide, them into seven equal piles?'
Me: 'Great. I'll get right on it. That'll be great."'
Tabitha (prefers foreign men, gets entrée to the coolest
parties, buys lots of underwear):
"Remove unsightly hairs before all dates."
Roseanne (Eve's roommate who works in -- gasp! -- finance):
"Whatever you do, don't be predictable."
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