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the trombone of couperin ( 4 stories )
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1. (the writer.)
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women don't do that, he said.
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no cocksucker is going to ask you if you own a house --
 3
women don't say, what's your bedroom like. "insinuating", I mean,
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that you're a whore.
 5
women ask the details,
 6
what's your auto, who's your dad,
 7
you like pork chops -- just like the c.i.a.,
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sneaking in your undershirt:
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I bet you have some hair on that chest. how
 10
you going to answer that?
 11
 
 
they always have a gimmick: they cry,
 12
they lose something -- I mean the suckers...
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always drama, fucking drunks. I mean,
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they want flowers, or a front yard? why'n't
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they make it clear, it's just a fuck. why'n't
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these girls just fuck, you'd think they wasn't
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cocksuckers like all them. pardon, I'm slurring.
 18
you'd think they didn't want to drive with a stick...
 19
what's your car, I mean, home state?
 20
 
 
you're a real girl, ain't you? no pajamas in there,
 21
I mean padding, talking about beds. how late it is,
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it's getting late. nice figure, you a model?
 23
interesting, ohio. never been there. Vassar?
 24
I thought only girls went there.
 25
 
 
she pulls her glass to her lips,
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drains it. calls mike over:
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time to pay up, mike, get this fool home.
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come on, baby, let's go home.
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2. (the precious.)
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he's kind of cute -- he married?
 31
he's a fag? oh, well, all the good ones...
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i mean, not that fag's good, but he's cute;
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you got a light? he doesn't act sissy...
 34
you sure? i had an uncle who was pansy,
 35
he was nice. hit by a bus --
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what about that guy in the corner...
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don't look. he's cute. naw, waiting for someone.
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i've been learning the new cash register,
 39
but it's killing me -- everything's got to have a tag --
 40
i hate, hate punching little names. work.
 41
 
 
maybe i could change him. you think?
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naw, i'd alway be wondering
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what he was thinking... he's polite.
 44
so, what's john up to? you think he misses you --
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ok, not when he's pumping miss debutante...
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sorry. want some cake?
 47
i'd kill him. i really would. what a crumb.
 48
you know how he flicks his hair...? no, roy --
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kind of thoughtful when he does it...
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wonder who he's thinking of.
 51
maybe go with him to a concert --
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what kind of music do they like --
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longhair, toscanni -- oh, places up in harlem,
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tea joints, ha-ha. be-bop... arn't there strippers
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in those places...? well, no... women;
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who'd want to see some guy in front of other women...
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yah, or for guys... not in this country. is that hard,
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to hear be-bop? hampton was with goodman on the radio --
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you hear it? oh, NBC... brahms -- dreamy.
 60
you think brahms was queer? how about
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gershwin -- you never heard talk about him dating.
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porter? no, married sort of. too many queers. maybe,
 63
i could get one of those things, those rubber things? --
 64
you think he'd like that?
 65
 
 
3. ( the poet )
 66
 
 
watch my hands.
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they walk around
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hide hide in a cloud --
 69
busting people, waiting to get punched -- punch your face.
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you want to get hit?
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they're walking, want to die. pass the salt.
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hit! that's my problem, I was so chicken,
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it doesn't hurt -- i'm not vulnerable.
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don't watch.
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can I have your chicken?
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I'm not involved enough, it doesn't hurt I'm no target.
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drop the bomb.
 78
you know that song? drop it, drop your sympathy,
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don't watch me.
 80
 
 
they don't know
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they want to die. you see the moonwalk -- jesus walked on water.
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I do things with my hands bless you my son.
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destination moon. be an astrocrat, marry jackie,
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what a trip.
 85
i got drunk --  I don't eat meat, it shrinks me.
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they live to die. I finally got drunnng. I talk with horses they don't
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understand arms.
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my grandma. she told me: think before you act! think think seasick.
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I don't want to know before it happens can I finish your guiness?
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i got drunk i let it go,
 91
all the tango -- octopus tangle liquid,
 92
... flushing the wash,
 93
i am ocean.
 94
 
 
cancer gives me sugar --
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i'm high on sugar, they find my sex.
 96
give me a napkin
 97
they tell me what I am,
 98
I release them when when they find my original dick.
 99
that's the world:
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hell is heaven hell is hello -- ahah, hello! what a phony.
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i AM genius. I invent air. I'm not equal,
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I sometimes cry,
 103
not like that, I don't know,
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I'm not you, am i you? show me.
 105
 
 
hiler was a comunist. the poe is a jew; my father is dead, sick tits,
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broken rope-butt mechanical toy
 107
didn't want to die. aristcrat. i'm a boy who
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i got harvested.
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i got
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i goot
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i got kicked in the balls
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i cried. out of the hostel,
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i must
 114
be too.
 115
hostle. i'm in perfect control, and I don't smoke.
 116
 
 
a genius invisible to the naked eye, naked girl.
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i'm a river of cum floating over the bathtub of st. lou...iss,
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i'm a river... i'm the holy dead cow of ol' man, ain't seen nothing.
 119
rivrr.  phoenix & young kurt.
 120
 
 
4. ( the sophisticate. )
 121
 
 
painting's like you're kissing paint;
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van gogh drank turpentine. a jerk.
 123
a drunk? n.o., the world just tastes good. everything tastes good.
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-- ? her? yeah, schoen. but, too young. take picasso. a loser. all line.
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everything's texture, you live in it. you like touching things?
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                                                                                silk and velvet? texture.
 127
not her either. i like older. 30 ... danseuse,
 128
maybe named frieda. you need another?
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kellner, noch ein... ... jah, ach fur das bub. ney, achtzehn... ja, und
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zwei minuten. ha! fuck off, bitte.
 131
a german with wit.
 132
what'll they think up next.
 133
 
 
you over here long --
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yah, it's cheap. nothing to buy. you ever bought a girl? I'm too old. now,
 135
back when I was sixteen, 1924...
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shit... I'd come over with my mother,
 137
I could find girls I couldn't have even talked to back home. Minneapolis.
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really beautiful. my age. bonerdelphia.
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two, if I'd conned my mom. no, she had her own games.
 140
maybe she picked up the same girls later,
 141
she didn't think I knew -- got me out of the way.
 142
I can say that, you shut up. not rich.
 143
flour mills. not rich like Rockefeller.
 144
 
 
paradise here and in wien if it weren't so sick.
 145
everybody hungry. they needed hitler...
 146
you got that rolli loaded?
 147
yeah, it gets faster. that's why I carry three. yes, same lens, same film...
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somebody like her, she moves fast but slowly. great expressions. zeiss. twick, twick
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twick. sempre libera. that's it, free.
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-- don't know what the hell she's back here for.
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she's no Maria Ivogun. strohheim made her. yah, sternberg.
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so, hang out in the Adler, you won't get the clap. ich? zauberflote... matinee,
 153
furtwangler and flagstad.
 154
 
 
get back to the theatre at 7, they start at nine; we'll scan the crowd,
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shoot some muck-muck nazis. you got the list: film, bulbs.
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be there and wear a tie. naw, they'll love you. little blue eyed hero.
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François Couperin. Ravel: le tombeau de couperin.

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