From: Fred Davidson (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 31 2009 - 17:03:15 PDT
On Mar 31, 2009, at 4:13 PM, Jim Carlile wrote:
> In a message dated 3/30/2009 6:12:06 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, email suppressed
> Ben Friedman was his name. His shop was at 401 Columbus on the west
> side of the street. That's just a little bit north of Broadway. From
> what I understand, it's an Italian restaurant now called Trattoria
> Pinocchio. How's the food there Jim? Do you have any idea?
> I'm so far behind about up there, I thought that Luigi's was still
> around! Thanks for the info about the shop.
> That was a great era for almost everything-- and it's funny-- notice
> how talk about the 60s and 70s gets some people really turned-off? I
> wonder why-- could it be that nothing these days compares, and they
> know it?
> It reminds me of that great Flannery O'Connor comment about Faulkner
> and Southern writers, something along the line of how can you really
> count for much when the Dixie Express leaves the station?
> We've still got that Dixie Express around and it obviously bugs
I don't know the exact comment you are thinking of but that is
what Flannery O'Connor called William Faulkner. She called him the
"Dixie Express". She called him that because she felt inadequate in
comparison to him. And Flannery O'Connor was no slouch. I read Wise
Blood. And since this is a film discussion list, I will be quick to
add that I did see the film, directed by John Huston, first. But...,
that was a great book! That book stayed with me for weeks. Maybe
months! Maybe years! I've never gone all the way through a William
Faulkner novel. I know I've started at least a couple of his. I know I
have started Sanctuary. "He's out there in the darkness watching me
from across the river. I know he is out there watching but I can't see
him." But I never finished it. I should probably try and go back and
do that now but I am so hung up with the "Old Man", that is with
Sinclair Lewis, as Thomas Wolfe referred to him in You Can't Go Home
Again, that I don't know if I will ever get that done.
Henry L. Carrigan, Jr. wrote a nice piece, over on
bibliobuffet.com, called "Riding on the Dixie Express", that is about
just what you are talking about. You may want to look it over. And
since you haven't been up there to San Francisco lately I won't ask
you what the food is like over at the Trattoria Pinocchio! It was nice
hearing from you Jim!
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