Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton, Dining Room (2021). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Left to Right:

“Bellow is so much more elegant…”


“Perhaps, but Roth is so real, and vital; I don’t imagine anyone else can voice a character like he does.”


“Boo. I’m from Chicago, I choose Bellow.”


Silently, to himself: “Heathens! I’ll lay odds none of them has read Voltaire in the original French!”


“Elegance? it’s Fitzgerald in a class by himself.”


“Yes. I thought so, and then I read Waugh and was so moved I went out and bought a new wardrobe to match that ‘England between the wars’ vibe. Cost me a small fortune, so I started waiting tables after work…”


“Oh, come on. If you must search for elegance on that tongue than read Oscar Wilde, there is no better. Otherwise head to the continent and pick up some Proust.”


Silently, to himself, “Ugh, these people! I can’t wait to curl up with some low-brow fiction tonight.”


“Pay no mind to how long the book is, DeLillo is worth the investment in time. Besides, you’ll be lost in the storytelling and won’t notice the hours flying by.”


“Wallace was the same for me. I read the opus several times, even backwards and sideways and never found it tedious.”


Silently, to himself: “Am I the only one in here that would rather watch a ballgame on T.V.?”

-Danny Grosso

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