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Tricks of Memory 2

I wrote recently about tricks of memory, which included a quotation from a lede by a college colleague and friend that I particularly enjoyed. I quoted it from memory. This morning, for no particular reason, I realized that I could find the exact quote in The Tech's online archives. Here it is:

If nothing else, the old Burton House was sturdy. To be sure, the plaster flaked, the pipes jutted inconveniently, the carpeting (where it existed) aged ungracefully and when wet smelled dankly of old beer, the furniture stubbornly resisted anything resembling interior decoration, and the Servend machines consistently denied their services, seemingly with a frequency correlated to the degree of desperation of the vendee. No one disputed the fact that Burton was ugly, decrepit, institutional, and often depressing in its own right. (August 3, 1971)

The part I remembered was "smelled dankly of old beer."

Now, I thought, if I could just find the New York Times review of a play. It began, in my memory, "Other than the script, actors, sets and lighting, the thing I hated most about this play was..." I could swear the play was "Drat," which opened in 1971 at the McAlpin Rooftoop Theater. I carried the review in my wallet for years as a perfect example of invective, then lost it.

After years of searching, I somehow found it this morning! The actual quote, from a Clive Barnes review, is:

What I disliked most about the show--apart from its book, lyrics, music, scenery, costumes, staging and acting--was its extraordinarily fetid air of innuendo. (NY Times, Oct. 19, 1971)

There's a review you'd want to keep in your wallet!