The Fishmonger Returns

It was fascinating, this process, thrilling and so quick -- who knew manipulating political reporters would be so easy?

Published March 17, 2004 12:02AM (EST)

With Maxine Washington's case, the easiest thing Longshanks could do, and which he'd already done in this instance, would be to give a call to one of the twelve or so reporters with whom he had a symbiotic relationship -- he provided them with scoops, and in exchange, they didn't have to do any actual work of their own -- and then let them choose from the array of bizarre, speculative, damaging and always diverting information he had about Maxine Washington, her husband, her children, and pretty much everyone she'd ever known. Her world was filled with misdeeds small and large -- a few of them even intentional.

The rest of this story is no longer online, but does appear in the book "The Unforbidden Is Compulsory, or Optimism."

By Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of "You Shall Know Our Velocity" and "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."

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