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May 22, 2016


Olivier as a young man was about as gorgeous as it gets.

Jill Esmond was a British actress who was active in films in the 1930s. She's the mother of their son, Tarquin, who is a producer, I think. She was quite pretty, but who could compete with Vivien Leigh? She was mostly reticent about her marriage to Olivier, but she did express some bitterness later about how she stood by him while he was struggling to become an actor, only to be dumped when fame and Leigh came along.

As for "Marathon Man" - my husband is phobic about dentists, and saying "Is it safe?" is enough to send him screaming from the room.

Maybe so.
(With the fall of Cosby.)

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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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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