Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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quotes of the day

Over at Bronx Banter, they linked to a wonderful piece by Steven Stein on his Blame it on Steinski blog, where Stein is talking about a 1975 Esquire piece on Duke Ellington written by author/photographer/director/cool cat Gordon Parks.

Stein had two quotes from the article which were particularly hilarious ("Edward" and "Big Red" both refer to Ellington):
Harry Carney, who had been with Edward longer than anyone else in the band, became his driving companion, or better, his private chauffeur. The three of us were approaching San Francisco early one morning after an overnight drive from Los Angeles. In the distance, the Golden Gate Bridge floated eerily in the dawn mist rising above the bay. Harry called Edward, who was asleep in the back seat. "Hey, Big Red, wake up and look over yonder. Looks like something you might want to write about." Duke stirred awake, wiped his eyes and looked at the bridge. "Majestic. Majestic. Goddamn those white people are smart," he mumbled and fell back to sleep.

And the other:
When we reached our hotel, Paul Gonsalves was stumbling out, stoned out of his mind. Edward sleepily looked him over.

"Where you headed so early, my man?"

"Fishing," Paul answered without stopping.

"Fishing? You're not dressed for fishing, man."

"Shit, Duke, I ain't trying to impress no fish. I just wanna catch some of the bastards. See you later."

Heart of the Dragon is due Monday. I may not impress the fish, but I for damn sure am heading out to catch the bastards.....
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