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August 02, 2008


Thanks for your post on Liam. It is difficult to believe that it is a year since he died. I really miss him.

That's a great photo of Whitlow's, and one of few that exist. Whitlow's was a classic, post-Prohibition, Washington tavern with Art Deco trimmings and a handsome front and back bar set. It was a favorite of locals when the F. Street corridor was low-residential. Out-of-town FBI agents, staying at the Hotel Harrington (which gave them a rate) frequented the bar. One night I was drinking there and a guy came out of the men's room waving a gun. No one paid him any mind, not even the Feebies. Becky Levenson and I threw a Christmas party at Whitlow's in December of 1983, with formal invitations that promised "no food and no presents," and a guest list. The affair was sparsely attended. Not everyone got the joke.

TP, you. are. amazing. I love reading your posts on those you love, from Walt to Doug to Liam, and feel uncharacteristically shy when I meet your friends because their reputations have preceded them in your generous and entertaining tales. If I ever die, would you please speak to the gathered few? And it’s a pity, along with Whitlow’s, that they closed the restaurant next to The House Where Lincoln Died, where you and I used to dine and where you would salt your greasy pizza, claiming that your doctor (and mine) had urged you to eat more salt.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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