“Once in Amsterdam, I was chased around the stage by someone’s dog. Dogs hate clowns. I spent a lot of time on top of a chair. I approached the guy who had the dog after the show. I said, ‘How dare you bring your dog to the theater?’ and he said, ‘My dog’s got a perfect right to come to the theater.’ I couldn’t think of anything to say to him after that, apart from punching him.”
Nola Rae, from “Clowns. In Conversation with Modern Masters,” edited by Ezra LeBank and David Bridel
And you thought you were suffering for your art.
Defendez les clowns. This clown book so awesome. You’re probably not wondering why I read and really dug it. You see, I was looking for a business book mentioned in the Economist in the HV section of the library, and it wasn’t on the shelf. So I looked around a little, this book and the book on Cocteau were in the GV section, on the same shelf. I took it as a sign I should take a break from the French Revolution for a while.
“The Dance Theater of Jean Cocteau,” by Frank W.D. Ries
“Dragon’s Breath and Other Stories,” by Mari Naomi
“Fade into You,” by Nikki Darling
My adolescence rises to my teeth.