“Mingus is awakened by laughter. The girl called Sally stands over them throwing a purple satin spread across the couch—’At least you two could cover yourselves!’ He wonders fuzzily ‘How’d I get in here?‘ and reaches down to let the other half fall on Cindy, crouched asleep near his feet. ‘So you finally go the great Mingus!’ Sally cackles. ‘Now we won’t have to be listening every day, thank God, to how much he knocks you out!'” —Charles Mingus, Beneath the Underdog
(Back from a blogging break that became an absence. Good to be back.)
4 thoughts on “The Other Half Falls”
It really is a great book. Full of all the energy and verve of his music. Thanks for checking out the post.
Thank you! Good to be back. Moving reunited me with some old books. This was one of the first I dug out. Remembered our exchange about it and Mingus when I posted. Been listening to “Saint” all week. So so good.
Welcome back, Chris…and so happy to read those sentences from “Beneath the Underdog” makes me want to revisit Chazz and that world of his on the page.
One of my favorite autobiographies (I have three copies of it) .. and you picked a great quote.