[lit-ideas] Re: The 11th Hour

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 20:26:56 -0700

Mike Geary wrote

I’ve heard the parallel postulate’s no good
on Henry Street, that from a certain sidewalk
square the lines go out in all directions
and yet stay parallel, stealing the dancers’ shadows
from the polished boards upstairs. I walk down
Cornelia Street, looking for Hassan’s Café Aladdin.
‘Where were you when he needed you?’
Not there, not there. I never am.

For some reason I suspect this is either from or an allusion to something from Joyce. Yes or no?

Nah. Strictly personal. Recollections of a 1967 visit to a friend in NY, who lived on Clinton Street. We went walking up into what I think is the West Village, looking for Hassan's, on Cornelia Street, where I'd had a great meal in 1960 or '61. Stopped and asked a guy on a ladder (transformed here into a street person) where Hassan had gone. His reply is quoted above. The dancers are in a picture I took through the door of a rehearsal room in the Henry Street Playhouse. The HSP might be on Grand Street—? Joycean only in that it's about a walk through town. Can't remember the date, but it was just after an APA meeting in Philadelphia, in December, not June 16.

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Robert Paul

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