By Peter S. Beagle
Even lifelong friendships cannot live longer than death...or can they?
Award-winning writer Peter S. Beagle offers a deeply own tale of goals deserted and recovered, buddies enjoyed and misplaced, and the energy it takes to permit go....
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But I don't think anyone should write about music who doesn't have at least some idea of what it takes to make your fingers pull one clear note out of an instrument. " "The guitar you keep hacking at. The thing you could do, you quit. " I can still hear the pure damn meanness in my voice. Sam put the guitar away and began rummaging in the refrigerator for a couple of beers. " He hadn't used the word all during my visit. "But that's what they were, Jake, illusions, and I'm glad I understood that when I did.
I may have known the play better than he, but he knew that it was a play. It was the first real acting lesson I ever had. I told him so in the hall after class. He looked honestly surprised. " The astonishing accent was even riper than before. —and added, "You do a great early Harrison, though. Did you ever see St. Martin's Lane? " He was the first person I had ever met in my life who talked like me. What I mean by that is that both of us much preferred theatrical dialogue to ordinary Brooklyn conversation, theatrical structure and action to life as it had been laid out for us.
The look both Millamant and Emilia gave me was pure cat. I said, "Oh. Right. " Nothing in life—nothing even in Shakespeare—adequately prepares you for the experience of opening a can of Whiskas with Bits O' Beef for your closest friend, who's been dead for two years. Millamant ambled over to the battered stoneware dish that Emilia had brought with her from New York, sniffed once, then dug in with a voracity I'd never seen in either Sam or her. She went through that red-brown glop like a snow-plow, and looked around for more.
A Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle