No doubt I'm the last Coastie to read "The Art of Talk," but the public library here doesn't own it. Had to buy it from Amazon for a few bucks.
I'm reading it, and I'm at the part where Art goes to the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce specifically to encounter the employee who's been answering inquiries about him by saying he's a recluse.
"I'm Art Bell, and I'm not a recluse."
"Well, Mr. Bell, you don't want people to bother you, do you?"
"Well, I just tell people that you're a recluse and that we don't let people know where you live."
"You're right, I don't want people to visit me. But I'm still not
It's a fun book and wonderful help for armchair analysts of the man of mystery.
(Makes me wonder how on earth he managed to stay in a big city like Manila at all. The man swears over and over that he will never leave his beloved desolate desert.)