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The Ninth Circle

Bob Colacello on Lou Reed:

"Lou's opener was 'I want you Andy, your ideas - not Paul or Brigid's.' It was a very difficult dinner, with Lou hesitant to tell too much abou this ideas, afraid Andy would steal them. He did explain the psychology of the lead character a bit: 'he only shows emotion when he's out of speed', Lou said, 'and when his drug dealer makes it with his girlfriend but not him. When his girlfriend commits suicide, he can only describe and feels nothing'." (LR237)

Bob Colacello on the 9th Circle (the Ninth Circle bar):

"There was one kid who caught Lou's eye - very young (17?), dark hair around his face, eye shadow. Everyone else looked like extras in a movie about decadence in... Berlin. Ugly, bearded, painted, bruised, bandaged, strange... Everyone seemed depressed, and when they laughed, it was mocking. Only the kid seemed enthusiastic (for his own decline?) People kept coming to our table and saying hello to Andy, rather respectfully, which was funny considering how degenerate they all looked. I think Andy was enjoying himself, getting ideas, not paranoid at all. Lou just sat there numb." (BC183)

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