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ex Viña Delmar, Pretty Sadie McKee (part 1), Liberty 10:25 (June 24, 1933)
Tommy Wallace plays the ukelele. Illustration by James Montgomery Flagg.

Words were treacherous things — also in Radclyffe Hall, The Master of the Houss (1932), and Alfred Kern, The Clown (1960)

It’s most instructive when you can’t find the right word — it can prove that you’re truly envisaging a mental fact, and not a ghost from a dictionary.
Paul Valéry, Cahiers/Notebooks (1900)

8 March 2012
tags: Viña Delmar