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April 30, 2009


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Could you identify the others in the picture? And whose book are you holding? Everyone looks so hot!

Amy Lawless's brothel name is Ursula Giovanna de Gassion. Here's a little bit about her, from her bio: Ursula Giovanna de Gassion, a pale, devastated whore, was born in Paris, was orphaned at an early age. She grew up on the streets and as soon as she reached her teen years, she became a heartbreaker. Every one of Ursula's lovers has committed suicide. This sounds unlikely but it's true. Ursula has a penchant for looking off in the distance and sighing a lot. She would never approach you with verses. Lately, she's been afraid of getting close to anyone because she fears that being her lover might be the last thing you'll ever do.
Ms. Gassion is terribly addicted to absinthe and has only become more of a mess since joining the poetry brothel.
You'll think she's too reliable or straight for this business but will then disappear hungover from too much sauce for three maybe four days. When she returns to the Madame, she is hungrier than the others. Ursula hates to be alone. The clients like her sadness because they think that maybe they can tear her out of this place. But the truth is, this is her home. Ursula loves magic. This nihilistic girl can usually found near her Ouija board…or the bar.

I'm taking a week long trip in a couple of days and I would love to experience as much as the city as possible. I'm interested in shows, comedy clubs, plays, poetry readings, etc. Anything you can tell me with as much detail as possible is very much appreciated.

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