By Arturo Islas
Meet Louie Mendoza, a jazz musician who loves to talk—who can not seem to cease conversing for the lifetime of him, in truth. it really is 1973, the comet Kahoutek is coming, and the realm can be approximately to finish. It does not relatively finish for Louie, however the morning hours locate him at San Francisco basic sanatorium, telling his story to a stranger whereas he waits to listen to the destiny of his lover, l. a. Mollie. As Louie recounts his trip from her residence to his gig within the undertaking District, a capturing, a damaged leg and his pissed off efforts to discover his approach domestic, he shall we us in on what is introduced him to this position, this second, and his love for this woman."His characters, humorous and severe, swap from the desolate tract to the town, from rock to mambo, from tears to laughter. He captures the expansive spirit and capability de su gente."—Jos? Antonio Burciaga"Reveals new dimensions of Islas's expertise: his ear for the road and his present for comedy. Delightful."—Diane Middlebrook
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Kahoutek! -tek! -tek! " "Okay, okay. Tek, tek, tek. You said the last time it showed up, the world was supposed to end. We're still here. " And I get up and do a Montgomery Clift walk to the window, hoping she'll notice. Outside in the garden, all the hydrangeas are blooming and the tulips I planted are having an acid party thinking they're real. La Mollie is too quiet though, so I turn around and look at her like Basil Rathbone studying a bug. She is looking at the eggs on my plate and rocking again.
I tell her that causes ain't gonna change the world and make it better and that people are always gonna be people and mess up. And she says that all I care about is myself and that because I'm a dumb Mexican, I love my misery. I tell her that she is the cause of my misery for being such a spoiled Anglo brat. Then we don't talk to each other for a coupla days until me or her turns into Olivia de Havilland and plays sweet, mealy-mouthed Melanie Hamilton. This time I didn't answer her right away. La Mollie and Dracula and the other rich bloodsuckers have gotten into this book about mystics in Russia and how spiritual the commies really are, more spiritual than the American materialists, la Mollie says over and over just to get my goat.
She's something else, man, and I won't even get started on her, though right now I'm thinking that's maybe why the guy talks so muchto keep from thinking about her. Anyways, stead of killing the dude everybody knows is guilty, poor pitiful Hamlet puts it off and puts it off, boring everybody but Miss Harper to death, driving his girlfriend bananaswhat she saw in the guy, I'll never knowand accidentally killing her old man and his own mother before he gets to the creep that started it all. Then he dies in the arms of his best friend, who just sorta hangs around the castle with nothing to do til the end.
La Mollie and the king of tears by Arturo Islas