Monday, August 26, 2013

The Only Quentin

I loved seeing Quentin Crisp in the East Village. To me, that was a real star sighting. Sometimes I wouldn't be able to say anything at all; other times, I'd wave and say, "Hello Quentin!" and he'd give a little nod and wave, crushed velvet fedora and ascot on, blush firmly in place.

I got a copy of "The Wit and Wisdom of Quentin Crisp," in the mid-1980s and every page was underlined and/or dog-eared: two things I never do with books. I felt like Quentin was speaking to me! This, I learned later, was one of the trademarks of Crisperanto.

Saturday night before seeing a dreary film, imagine my delight when I found two autographed books in a local used bookshop:
I keep picturing a mash-up reading of the two! Or dreaming up little scenarios of the meeting...well, that may not be such a great thing. But Quentin would have a fun time with Norma Zimmer.


Look: a wallpaper collection of Quentin's scarves! Life can be good.

10 comments:

normadesmond said...

maybe someone will name a
gorgeous bridge after him.
i mean, he did in his way,
make things better.

Vincent-louis Apruzzese said...

I met him at Napoleon's bar in boston once and we had drinks, later that week i saw on stage… twice and he sign the playbill (which I still have. Afterward we went for drink at the russian teahouse.

FelixInHollywood said...

I saw him in what would turn out to be his last LA performance at the Village on McCadden. He was, of course, a revelation. And we both love scarves!

Donna Lethal said...

Oh, Napoleon's! I loved that place. Scarves--I'm wearing a peachy/pink floral one right now!

Vincent-louis Apruzzese said...

we always called "Napoleons" the "funeral parlour" because of a) the decor and b) the age of many of the clients!

normadesmond said...

i knew ralph, he worked there.

Jon said...

I imagine if I had stumbled across those signed books (especially Quentin's), I would have shrieked! I thought getting a first edition of "The Wit and Wisdom of..." for 50p in a charity shop the other day was exciting enough. Jx

Vincent-louis Apruzzese said...

I have a hardcover copy of "Chog" that I love… not sure it was ever printed more than once! My ex named his dog after the book!

Unknown said...

great stuff
beso
Syd

Donna Lethal said...

Ooh CHOG!