You can’t step twice into the same mirror, said Heraclitus, of the river’s mirror. A vessel holding water was the first mirror. A mirror held to nostrils, life’s last mirror. “Who is fairest?” the queen asked her mirror. A vampire has no reflection in a mirror. Those backward letters without a mirror spell AMBULANCE in your rear-view mirror. After Mom died, I covered all the mirrors with cloth, sat seven days without mirrors. Staring at myself staring in my mirror, “I” became the “other” in the mirror. Watching themselves making love in the mirror, they were aroused by the couple in the mirror
Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families Edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner (Random House, 336 pp.,$24.95) To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife By Caitlin Flanagan (Little, Brown, 244 pp., $22.95) Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World By Linda R. Hirshman (Viking, 101 pp., $19.95) I. Watching the Mommy Wars makes me mighty glad I’m not a Daddy.