02 January 2011

Of Sex and Drugs and Montreal

Hot Freeze
Martin Brett [pseud. Douglas Sanderson]
New York: Dodd, Mead, 1954
246 pages
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A Journey Through Canada's
Forgotten, Neglected, and Suppressed Writing
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  1. I'm crazy about the line, "And they remember it." As a description of the effect of ones lovemaking on dames. I think, had you and Stan and I encountered it in college, it would have become a staple of the lexicon. And not just for the ladies, either. "I eat a lot of french fries... AND THEY REMEMBER IT!"

  2. How come D. Bookcase has never written about "The Sixth of June" by the Montreal Gazette's Lionel Shapiro? I just enjoyed the film version, with the beach down the road doubling as France.

  3. As with "science", it all comes down to intonation. Said with a Martin Fry sigh and a melancholy note sounds in your lexicon of love.

    My thanks for suggesting The Sixth of June. Never seen the film... hard when you know the man playing the hero is an HUAC snitch.

    Coincidence: I bought a copy just last week from the thrift shop down the street... and they remember it!

    (Well, it was just last week.)