By Aidan Higgins
Perversely, yet probably competently, Aidan Higgins—one of the few modern writers valuable of comparability with Beckett and Joyce, now celebrating his eighty fifth year-—has selected to attend till his sight has approximately left him to collect this selection of visible treats. A usual ebook of anecdotes and cartoons—the latter by no means prior to released, although conventional to all of Higgins's correspondents from the margins of his letters and postcards—Blind Man's Bluff is a compendium of tart and comedian insights into sight itself, in addition to different diverse indignities: own, ancient, and literary.
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Didn’t kill him. But them bullets was hitting everywhere on that wall, all the way around the popcorn machine they had up there. 1955–1969, Part 2, Life on the Road and the Breakup 39 V Short Breaks from the Foggy Mountain Boys I’d take off and then come back. In ’63 I worked a few dates with Jimmy Martin. I’d left Earl and Lester for a week or so. I believe it was Jimmy’s brother-in-law who would invest his money for him in land . . real estate and stuff. So Martin doesn’t have to work in the wintertime at all.
But that’s a good thing, I guess, to hold in your mind. And them boys did. They’ll do you a favor, and if you offer to pay them, you play Indians, buddy. If the Indian does something for you, you’d better let him, because you’ll insult him if you try to pay him for it. My kids are part Cherokee, and I’m proud of that. V Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs I remember the first night Bill Monroe hit the Opry with his new band, late in 1945. When Lester Flatt come in on that guitar and that singing that he did, and here comes Earl Scruggs—nobody had heard anything like that three-finger roll.
Cohen Williams,6 if he was living today, would tell you that Flatt and Scruggs were responsible for the success of Martha White. It was big. I remember when they brought Flatt and Scruggs to WSM in Nashville. This was before I came with them. They were working at WSVS, a radio station in Crewe, Virginia, and on the Old Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond on Saturday nights. ” They did, and Cohen was sold right then. So they’d tape those shows at WSVS and send them back to run on WSM radio at quarter to six of a morning.
Blind Man's Bluff by Aidan Higgins