I didn’t know what this phrase meant so I looked it up – I think he was a gossip columnist in 40/50s famous for street slang – urban-speak in USA. his column would have been the ideal place to Holly spot – I suppose it was the Heat of its day.
Joe’s Bar seems interesting – like a place stuck in time – I’m intrigued by his bowl of fresh flowers which he ‘matronly’ takes care of. For some a bilious man ‘always sucking on a Tums’ it seems incongruous – why have the ‘large bowl of fresh flowers when everything else seems so drab – ‘two large mirrors reflect the weather from the street’? Any thoughts.
Joe Bell reminds me of the barman from the Simpsons selling Duff beer and whose name escapes me.
There seems to be a ‘street’ interest in Holly – still creating a stir when she seems so obviously past tense at the start of the book. ‘Holly and I used to go there’ – Joe’s bar.