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May 14, 2021


And there's this dialogue from Law and Order the Original:

Librarian: Verlaine was the real talent, you know. Rimbaud just latched onto his coattails and wouldn’t let go.

Briscoe: We were just saying that on the way over here.

Librarian: He shot him.

Briscoe: Who shot who?

Librarian: Verlaine popped Rimbaud. Paul loved Arthur. Paul also loved Matilda. It was a whole mess. The French—what do you expect?

Briscoe: So can you tell us if you sold any copies recently?

Librarian: If you really want decadent, I’d stick with Baudelaire.

Librarians and book dealers are underrated, as this one demonstrates. For decadence you can't beat Baudelaire. Thanks, Alan.

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"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


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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