January 25, 2004

January 25, 2004 11:23 PM

“The torch singer’s tongue quivers in his mouth; he shuts his eyes in singing; his hand outstretched as though to reassure us; his painful frown as he sings; the way he shakes his hair; the way he woos the audience by holding one shoulder higher than the other; the way he topples with exhaustion in taking his bow; that ‘tired but happy’ smile – as though, at least for a few minutes, he were showing people what yearning is and at the same time relieving them of theirs.” – Peter Handke