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June 17, 2022


Thanks for posting this tribute to a great screen artist. Degree-of-separation story: Saul Bass was my mother's art student early in her teaching career, at James Monroe HS in the Bronx. They stayed in touch for many years, and sometimes, when he was in NYC, he would speak to her art class at the High School of Music and Art. Although I was way too young to see films like "Carmen Jones" and "The Man With the Golden Arm," I am sure the films were mentioned proudly in my home, probably the first time I heard the name Otto Preminger. My teen years coincided with Bass' great work for Hitchcock, so I was primed for those spectacular title credits and became a lifelong admirer from then on.

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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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