Monday, April 12, 2010

the more things change

"We had spent the summer in New Mexico, and, during a brief stop in Santa Fe, we had been grilled on why we live in New York by that group of Eastern-refugee remittance men the place specializes in--the people who half-retire at forty-two in order to devote themselves to talking about a novel they might write and and overseeing the repairs of any cracks that might develop in the adobe walls of their house and discussing water rights their land carries by virtue of the original Spanish land grand and raising a herd of twelve or fourteen particularly elegant goats."
Calvin Trillin "The Dance of the Restaurant Trotters" American Fried (1974)


PBurns said...

Oh damn - he walked into the bar and new the name of everyone in it, and could even conjugate the tunes on the juke box. Very funny.


Chas S. Clifton said...

It has not changed much, I though, looking at an issue of Santa Fean magazine.

mdmnm said...




Yeah, a better title would have been "some things just don't change"