YOU CAN READ
Oo, Oo, Oo, What a Little Moonlight Can Do
YOU’RE TAKING NOTES, jot this down: never buy a boat while you are under
the beguiling influence of moonlight. Captain Mac kept us in his
tiny house, telling us stories and delaying the moment when he finally
gave in to our pleas and said that he’d let us see Arcinella until
the clouds had begun to part picturesquely and moonlight shone on the narrow
path that led from the end of Bay Way through some cattail rushes to the
canal. The path was so narrow that we could walk it only in single
file. Captain Mac stood to one side and suggested that my mother
should go first, followed by Patti, followed by me, with himself last.
As a result, my mother saw the moonlit boat first, alone, and became a
victim of the phenomenon known as love at first sight. Patti might
have been less susceptible to the phenomenon if she hadn’t found my mother
already beguiled, and I might have been able to play the part of the rational
and dispassionate cynic if I hadn’t arrived to find the two women I most
wanted to please cooing and mooning and all but swooning over Arcinella,
a luminous vision floating on the silver water, her wet deck glistening.
SIXTY SECONDS OF "WHAT
A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO," PERFORMED BY BILLIE HOLIDAY WITH
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Copyright © 2001 by Eric Kraft
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The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.
“Patriot” Radio, designed in 1940 by Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958) Manufacturer: Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation (New York, New York) Catalin John C. Waddell Collection, image from the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
Recorded in New York city on July 2, 1935. Roy Eldridge, trumpet; Benny
goodman, clarinet; Ben Webster, tenor sax; Teddy Wilson, piano; John Trueheart,
guitar; John Kirby, bass; Cozy Cole, drums; Billie Holiday, vocal.