Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"DMITRI", SAID STALIN "I WANT TO KISS YOU ON YOUR MOUTH"

"Dmitri", said Stalin, "I want to kiss your on your mouth. Long and tender. Would you like that?" Shostakovitch stood there and made an involuntarily high pitched keening sound, the kind one makes when in an uncomfortable situation, as immortalized by the middle daughter in the hamburger cartoon program. He knew rejecting the titan Joseph Stalin was a risky business and he was already in some hot water over the content of his symphonies and ballets, but golly gosh darn it, he reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaally did not want to kiss Stalin. That moustache. Ugh.

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