Comments on: An excerpt from Prost, a work in progress http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/07/13/an-excerpt-from-prost-a-work-in-progress/ Models.Behaving.Badly Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:10:53 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: EllieK http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/2012/07/13/an-excerpt-from-prost-a-work-in-progress/#comment-968 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 07:54:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/emanuelderman/?p=952#comment-968 You are fortunate to have a 78 rpm recording of your father’s voice. I wish I could hear my father’s voice.

I’m surprised at how crowded your beach of days past appears. When one is in south Florida, or the New Jersey shore (any of it), there is more sand and boardwalk space (EDIT: with the exception of Atlantic City). I visited Far Rockaway once, at the terminus of the A train. Quite different there. Far Rockaway beach in 1999 resembled your photo of Muizenberg in 1956.

What is your intention for this work in progress, Prost? Auto-biography? I realize that prost is Yiddish, but some people might confuse it with Proust. Well… maybe not! It would be depressing to write a book-length, first-person work whose title is synonymous with vulgar, or common. “Portnoy’s Complaint” was somewhat like that, but I don’t know if it was auto-biographical. From what I have read, there is little in your background that would be considered fodder for a book titled “Prost”.

Did you ever get a gold chain with a Star of David? I used to think they were tacky too. Then I came to understand why, for some people, they weren’t at all. But those women always wore their Stars of David inside their blouses, rarely in view. I love gold chains, ornate Star of David pendants. I didn’t when I was younger though! Nor did my mother.

Vulgarity and “common-ness” (louche? declasse?) are strange; subjective, fluid, almost cyclical. While I cringe at behaving in ways that are considered prost, I find it challenging to determine exactly what *is* or *isn’t* prost, particularly over a span of time!

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