BARBARA BROWNING teaches performance studies at N.Y.U. and writes novels. Information about her books and ukulele covers can be found at: barbarabrowning.info.
This week I received what appeared to be a bit of spam in my e-mail. The message began Hi barbara, and went on to explain that the sender was Dr. Mel, a board-certified psychiatrist in Winnetka, Illinois specializing in the treatment of obesity.