Cover Photo: Scene at the Statue of Liberty, from ending of 'Saboteur,' Alfred Hitchcock 1942.
Scene at the Statue of Liberty, from ending of 'Saboteur,' Alfred Hitchcock 1942.

Taco Night

“The thing I wonder about most is how did it happen, the thing that happened on Taco Night.”

There was a man who owned a tree farm in our town. That’s the way I knew him—I used to go to the farm to look at all the trees. But then there was a falling out between him and his brother, and he went to South America for a while. When he came back, his mother gave him a smaller nursery where they sold shrubs and perennials and annuals, but not on as big a scale as the first tree farm.

He

Saboteur

Saboteur

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Downton Abbey

Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey

Doc Martin

She started naming all the kinds of roasts she liked to cook: rib roast, roast beef, roasted this animal, roasted that animal. It was hard for me to listen. I don’t have Paul McCartney by my side for vegan support, although he has a house near hers. Then she said, “You know, they wouldn’t even deviate from it for one night.”

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Julie Hecht is the author of Do the Windows Open?,​ ​Happy Trails to You​, ​The Unprofessionals​, ​and Was this Man a Genius?: Talks with Andy Kaufman.​ ​She is currently writing her next book, Every Single Thing.

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