Ellen Phelan paints a vibrant glimpse of her life as a young painter in New York after having left Detroit. She was painting in a studio at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and exhibiting at the Clocktower while Michael Goldberg loaned her a loft on the Bowery. Jennifer Bartlett introduced Ellen Phelan to the "extremely spoiled" Joel Shapiro one night; Elizabeth Murray introduced her to the "Would you like to have dinner?" Joel Shapiro the next day. Phelan explains how bra burning might have played a role in her CalArts teaching post (under the invitation of John Baldessari). We learn that Edward Albee and Alanna Heiss vied for the same body of Phelan's work to exhibit.