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the big lunch


 

“Nelson Lyon came over with Michael O’Donoghue, the writer on Saturday Night Live, and he’s a funny guy but he doesn’t look Irish. He said that at a party I took a picture of him, but I must have been aiming at somebody behind him. He looks like he wants to be Buck Henry. I hadn’t invited them for lunch and they saw all the leftover food from the big lunch Bob had just had, so I had to make some excuse, and Nelson’s so paranoid, anyway.”

The Andy Warhol Diaries, Thursday, October 2, 1980

 


 

I have spent a fair amount of time with these diaries, and I think it’s safe to say that Andy Warhol took social anxiety to the level of high art. And unrequited love, that, too. Loneliness. Snarkiness. I was going to use a quote of something shockingly horrible he said about Calvin Klein, but I could not bring myself to type it out. What was he thinking? No, really, what was he thinking?

The (insane) illustration of Perseus, Medusa, Andromeda, and a suspicious sea monster comes from Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths.

 

 

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