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 reality. it is 1973, the comet Kahoutek is coming, and the realm should be approximately to finish. It does not rather finish for Louie, however the morning hours locate him at San Francisco basic medical institution, 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 condominium to his gig within the project District, a capturing, a damaged leg and his annoyed efforts to discover his manner 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 critical, swap from the desolate tract to town, from rock to mambo, from tears to laughter. He captures the expansive spirit and ability 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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Now you've gone and made me spill the salt. " I didn't know if she meant cause of the salt or the stupid comet, but I didn't ask her. I'm keeping my Bogart cool. She just glared at me like Bette Davis at Joseph Cotten in that movie where she's a Mexican and hates the town where they're living. La Mollie threw the salt over her shoulder three times, ate the rest by licking the end of her finger and dabbing the grains off the table, and then just rocked back and forth, back and forth in the chair.
I hate it when she does that, man. "Kahoutek," she says, letting it slide out like a wet noodle. " I ask her. "Kahoutek! " she screams like I'm deaf. "It's a comet the Russians discovered and it's coming tomorrow. " Of course, she says "anything" cause la Mollie's been to college and talks English real goodnot like meand Page 4 she gets a big kick outta correcting me in front of her bigshot Anglo friends. She's got family in San Francisco, la Mollie, let me tell you. They're so famous, I can't even say her last name cause if she comes to, like she's gotta, and finds out I'd let some stranger know who she was and it was on tape and all, she'd chew me out and leave my bones drying in the desert.
Naturally, he's a lawyer and he's always cross-examining me like I'm on trial cause I seen some old movie and liked it and he's gonna test me to make sure I really seen the movie. It makes me wanna kick him in the teeth and the balls. To me, man, "lawyer" and "liar" are the same word. Those dudes don't defend peoplethey just slobber all over the system that keeps em rich without never admitting how rotten they are. The ones in la Mollie's crowd need drugs to keep em awake during the day and drugs to go to sleep at night, and this guy is the worst of em all.
La Mollie and the king of tears by Arturo Islas