[joe-frank-list] 'No angel'

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Fri Nov 27 04:35:48 PST 2020

	Arthur Miller tells the story of his brother, who played cello
in an orchestra in college (in the Midwest).  As part of a State
Department program the orchestra travels to South American countries.
In La Paz, Bolivia, the brother has sex with the daughter of the
American consul, who dies in the act.  10 years later the brother
tells Arthur the story was false.
	11:10: Joe welcomes us to the other side, starts with a
	12:20: Milton Schindler tells of his encounter with a
prostitute: she approached him at a restaurant, asked to use his
bathroom, then demanded money for sex.
	14:20: Joe collects fossils, skeletons... goes to the Museum
of Natural History; these remind him our lives are brief.
	15:40: Larry Block tells the story of a daughter of Holocaust
survivors, Rosalie (apparently not the same Rosalie whom Larry knows
in the 'Karma' shows).  She wants her wealthy husband to get her
pregnant by artificial insemination but won't make love to him.  She's
in a group of children of Holocaust survivors who travel to Germany to
socialize with the children of Gestapo officers.
	23:10: Joe's working on a film in Africa, sees a crocodile eat
a zebra, a pack of hyenas eat a wildebeest and her calf, a pride of
lions catch and eat a gazelle.
	25:40: Milton Schindler sees a gorgeous girl at a Cinerama,
Lesley, a masseuse; they strike up a conversation.
	27:10: Joe asks Dr Malcolm why he has to have another
operation.  Malcolm tells Joe a ridiculous story about famous athlete
Colin Davidson (fictional) who was carried off by a bird.
	29:20: Milton Schindler tells of being an honorary pall
bearer; afterwards, in his hotel room, he thinks he going to die, lies
on his bed, has a dream in which God visits; Milton asks for 100 years
of life, God gives him 88 years, after applying a discount.  Milton
tries to kill himself but all efforts fail.  He says that he was born
in 1925, was 40 at the time of the story.  (88 years would have had
him die in 2013.)  Milton Austin Schindler was born 1925 Febuary 25 in
Omaha, Nebraska (but was living in Brooklyn in the 1930 census), died
2002 December 8 in Los Angeles - only 77 years.
	33:10: Joe tries to flee from death, hiding out in cheap hotel
rooms, using cash, fake passport, moving daily...
	34:10: Woman tells the story of riding a bus in San Francisco
when an old woman dies.  She helps the paramedics, calls the hospital
	42:50: Joe's mother sends him to child psychologist Sylvia
Bronfman when he's 8 because of his terrible nightmares.  Over 20
years later he consults her again.  Joe feels odd about being in a
child psychologist's office.  Joe feels guilty about spending
thousands on analysis when the building's elevator operator is just
scraping by, feels badly about how Joe imagines he feels about him.
	After her husband (Professor Axelman (sp?), who taught at
Hunter College) dies, Joe becomes obsessed with his corpse, leading to
an impasse in his analysis, thus its end.
	In this segment Joe tells us that his father was the son of a
rabbi and a man of great wisdom, that while everyone else in the
family speaks of him with great respect, his mother is silent about
	The story of Joe consulting a child psychologist first
appeared in 'When she's asleep she looks like an angel' (1985), but
without names, without a mention of his father.  I wonder whether he
edited out those details for 'When she's asleep...' or added them (or
made them up) for 'No angel'.
	53:50: Joe looks at his pistol, bought to defend himself from
the riots after MLK's assassination.  Then he looks at a picture of
himself asleep as a child.
	55:20: Joe says it's time to say good night, imagines the
building being shut down.

	Milton Schindler is the gambler who tells his story in 'Zen';
he's in the cast of 'Caged Heart'.  No other source puts him in 'No
angel'.  He introduces himself as Milton when he meets the masseuse,
Lesley, has the same voice.
	Anyone recognize the woman on the bus?

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