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The Beautiful Room is Empty

by Edmund White [Vintage - 1994]
ASIN: 0679755403

Jan sent us the following excerpt:

"I met him at the hotel just off Times Square. Our customers were already drunk and playing a tape of Beethoven's Fifth they'd doctored with trippy insertions of Joni Mitchell's talkative ballads. Lou and I knew who Joni Mitchell was but we pretended we'd never heard of Beethoven. Our clients winked at each other over our heads."

Thank you, Jan!

(Contributed by Jan de Leeuw)


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