Tuesday, March 06, 2012

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I like to post excerpts that convey the tone and flavor of my recent reading, only this time I'll add a new wrinkle: I'll give the selections without identifying the work or the author, and let you have fun reading, guessing, or throwing your hands up in exasperation at the whole silly enterprise. Here goes (Warning: This post contains adult content):

  • “Louis found Chip in the kitchen making himself a Bloody Mary and asked him, `Who’s Ezra Pound?’

    “Chip said, `Ezra Pound,’ stirring his drink and then pausing. `He was a heavyweight. Beat Joe Louis for the crown and lost it to Marciano. Or was it Jersey Joe Walcott?’”
  • “`Teachers always said reading poetry should be fun.’

    “`It can be—unless you’re reading Ezra Pound.’”
  • “They paid no attention to me and I repaid the compliment. Then how could I know they were paying no attention to me, and how could I repay the compliment, since they were paying no attention to me? I don’t know. I knew it and I did it, that’s all I know.”
  • “Louis said the Shia fixed their hostages rice and shit, but no doubt would have given them TV dinners if they had any.”

  • “To apply the letter of the law to a creature like me is not an easy matter. It can be done, but reason is against it. It is better to leave things to the police.”
  • “`An officer of the law tells an undesirable like yourself to get out of town. It’s done all the time.’”
  • “He had told Joyce last night he couldn’t think of anything he didn’t like to eat, though in the Chinese food line he’d only had chop suey and the other one.”
  • “Four farts every fifteen minutes. It’s nothing. Not even one fart every four minutes. It’s unbelievable. Damn it, I hardly fart at all, I should never have mentioned it. Extraordinary how mathematics help you to know yourself."
  • “`How do you come so much—and so fast? Even for a woman—'

    “`I learned from the nuns. … They told me I’d go to hell for fucking—`impurity’—so I figured if I was already hellbound I’d enjoy every bit of the ride.’”
  • "Cunnilingus in the office is frowned upon certainly, but he hasn’t heard of it as cause for automatic dismissal.”
© Peter Rozovsky 2012

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17 Comments:

Anonymous solo said...

Jeez, Peter, you'd have to hire a private detective to figure this one out, preferably an Irish one.

I feel entirely justified in being mystified.

Does Miami come into it anywhere?

I could go on. But I won't.

March 06, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Go for a ride on your bicycle. You'll feel better.

Yes on Miami!

March 06, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yes on Miami, that is, perhaps more than you know!

March 06, 2012  
Blogger Philip Amos said...

I think this is Elmore Leonard. I wouldn't have forgotten the Pound references, which tickle me no end, so they help me there. I'm not so sure which work, but I'll go with Riding the Rap.

March 06, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Philip: One of the Pound references is indeed Leonard and is from Riding the Rap.

March 06, 2012  
Anonymous Marina Sofia said...

Can I still laugh out loud at them, even if I am not sure I have identified the authors? Great fun - Ezra Pound as a bruiser...

March 07, 2012  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Many congratulations on your milestone post.

Finally got to a Crime Writers discussion, as the latest post on Moderntwist2 will reveal.

March 07, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Marina Sofia: Welcome. And yes, laughter is permitted even in the absence of certainty. I, too, enjoyed the image of Ezra Pound slugging away with Rocky Marciano.

March 07, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Tales. I've just posted a comment to your post on that discussion. To sum up my comment, the main reason good crime writing comes out of Ireland is the the country has lots of good crime writers.

March 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, Peter. I'm sure Beckett would have been thrilled to find himself in the trio of Beckett/Leonard/Hendricks. Way to go, man!

March 07, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. And now I suppose I have to guess who you are.

March 07, 2012  
Anonymous solo said...

Solo calling...

Blame Blogger for the guesswork, Peter. Didn't Roger Smith find himself in a similiar predicament a post or two ago?

I might be objectionable or obnoxioua but I've no intention of trying to make you figure out who I am. Life's too short for that.

That was suppossed to be a solo comment, not an anonymous comment. Technology got in the way.

I apologise for that.

March 07, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yes, everyone seems to be apologizing for anonymous comments these days. I figured that you were Roger or else someone having a bit of fun. Alas, it was just another techno-glitch.

March 07, 2012  
Anonymous Linkmeister said...

So quick, who's the heavyweight being confused with Ezra Pound?

I submit that it's Ezzard Charles, even though he was a Sixties fighter, not a guy who'd have fought those earlier pugs.

March 09, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nah, Ezzard Charles fought in the Forties. He beat both Louis and Walcott and was the only man ever to last 15 rounds against Marciano, according to Wikipedia. So the man must have been pretty damn good,

Someone should ask Leonard if Ezzard Charles' name was responsible for the joke. I think it would work just as well for someone who had never heard of Ezzard Chadles.

March 09, 2012  
Anonymous Linkmeister said...

That'll teach me not to look up a name. I wonder why I remember it, since the 40s is before my time, particularly when thinking about heavyweight boxing.

March 10, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Linkmeister, for some reason I'd also likely have associated Ezzard Charles with a period later than his own. I don't know why. He died of ALS in 1975. Perhaps you remember him from news stories of that time.

March 10, 2012  

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