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The Fugitivities by Jesse McCarthy

The Fugitivities by Jesse McCarthy

Author:Jesse McCarthy [McCarthy, Jesse]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781612198064
Google: DFiHDwAAQBAJ
Amazon: 1612198066
Publisher: Melville House
Published: 2021-06-07T23:00:00+00:00


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Back in the borough of Kings, Jonah pressed his key into the lock and stumbled wearily into the apartment. He knew before he had turned the corner into the living room that Isaac was around. He could hear the soft scratch of a record playing, something mid-century and bluesy. The mournful whine of a trumpet. Isaac was deep in the chair by the window, his chunky Dell laptop casting an eerie moonlit glow on his face.

“Hey man, I don’t mean to get all on you and shit, but rent is due to-morrow.”

“You’re right. My bad, I’ll get on it.”

“Oh, and before I forget, you got another letter from that French girl—excuse me, pardonnez-moi, from your mademoiselle.”

“Oh, yeah.”

“Yeah, I put it on the desk in your room. You musta put something special on her, boy—she’s really feelin’ it, you got her jonesing for you long-distance. I mean, how many times she gotta write you before you go over there and do something about it?”

“Nah, man, it ain’t even like that.”

“Oh yeah, what’s it like then?”

“Man, I don’t know. If I did, I would tell you…Hey, is this Miles?”

“Nah, this Booker Little. My uncle Darren played trumpet for a while, knew all about the music. Always told me Booker was his favorite. No one knows how great he was, or how great he might have been ’cause he died so young. ’Bout our age, come to think of it. Cut some beautiful records before he left, though. Contributed his one little piece to the edifice, to the tradition. Played his part. See, I knew you would like this one.”

“Oh yeah, how’s that?”

“It’s all about you, chief. It’s called ‘Man of Words.’ And that’s you, brother; just listen to that there…Now that’s a blues for ya. A blues for the man of words.”



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