Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver

By Charlotte Silver

Like Eloise starting to be up within the Plaza lodge, Charlotte Silver grew up in her mother's eating place. positioned in Harvard sq., Upstairs on the Pudding was once a confection of crimson linen tablecloths and twinkling chandeliers, a decadent backdrop for early life. Over dinners of foie gras and Dover sole, regularly served with a Shirley Temple, Charlotte saved corporation with a rotating forged of eccentric employees participants. Her one consistent was once her glamorous, indomitable mom, nicknamed "Patton in Pumps," a wasp-waisted girl in cocktail gown and stilettos who shouldered the weight of elevating a relations and working a kitchen. but if the restaurant—forever teetering on the point of monetary collapse—looks as though it will possibly ultimately be last, Charlotte involves notice the sacrifices her mom has made to maintain the relations and eating place afloat and profits a brand new appreciation of the area her mom has outfitted.

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A terrible penetration! And in the same moment—God’s appalling justice! A lightning bolt! A freight train—because the slimeball, lust-crazed, has parked aslant eternity—the hell-bound tracks of the Babylon Express! And are Paolo and Francesca thrust by an oncoming locomotive into the infernal regions with their so briefly savored weight of mortal sin? You bet. By the time I was home from the sea, the same girls, if not married to firemen or actuarial trainees, were in college or nursing school, and less oppressed by perdition.

Compared to the rocks, the shoals, the silent storms I knew were out there in the endless progression of empty rooms that were the writer’s inheritance, a life of performance seemed very attractive. I was impatient, too, anxious to make something happen. My shuttle between NYU and the Daily News had the rhythm of a treadmill. And I reasoned that the study of acting might provide me some insights useful to a dramatist, an ambition that was one aspect prime green: remembering the sixties 29 of my writerly impulse and one that, even now, I have still not completely despaired of.

The last trace of gypsy life on the continent. I did not want to be stuck in New Orleans with my pregnant wife. All at once it seemed that the chance at theater I had opted away from in New York had spun around my way in these absurd trappings, in a mode for which “provincial” would be too pretentious a term. I wanted feverishly to clamber aboard this absurdity, and I wanted the ruthlessness and sangfroid to try. I don’t know what I saw shining there. Maybe just the chance to change the life I was making for myself and start a new one.

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