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From one among England’s wittiest writers, a “captivating, glittering, attractive, exciting confection” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) of one hundred and one not going encounters among pairs of old figures from Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud to Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

IMAGINE those UNLIKELY—BUT TRUE—ENCOUNTERS:

Martha Graham and Madonna

Igor Stravinsky and Walt Disney

Frank Lloyd Wright and Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe and Nikita Khrushchev

President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley

Harpo Marx and George Bernard Shaw

Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud

Groucho Marx and T. S. Eliot

BRILLIANT IN notion AND DIZZYING IN EXECUTION, Hello so long Hello is a daisy chain of one hundred and one attention-grabbing real encounters, likelihood conferences, and disastrous collisions among the distinguished and the proficient, the well-known and the notorious. Witty and depraved, Hello see you later Hello is the fitting instance that fact is stranger than fiction (and infinitely extra enjoyable).

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Taking a look in the direction of the doorway, he spots a well-known determine trying to get a desk, then being became away. He recognises him because the English actor Alec Guinness, the big name of such a lot of of his favorite Ealing comedies, akin to type Hearts and Coronets. Guinness has continually been greater than a slightly superstitious, and in a couple of minutes he'll be employing his 6th experience to James Dean. He on a regular basis visits fortune tellers, and has even indulged in a bit table-turning. At one time in his lifestyles he turned captivated with tarot playing cards, until eventually abruptly one night, ‘I bought the horrors approximately them and impetuously threw playing cards and books on a blazing log hearth. ’ Guinness delights in recounting his psychic powers. at the afternoon of recent Year’s Eve, 1943, he used to be resting within the cabin of the naval send of which he was once a lieutenant, while he it appears heard a sinister voice announcing, ‘Tomorrow. ’ He grew to become confident that this was once a premonition of loss of life. That evening, crusing from Sicily to the Yugoslav island of Vis, his send hit a storm. an electric discharge prompted ribbons of blue fluorescent mild, ‘until the total send used to be lit up like a few dizzying fairground sideshow’. confident that he was once going to die, Guinness chanced on the spectacle ‘beautiful and unusually comforting. ’ The send was once dashed opposed to the rocks because it entered the small Italian port of Termoli, and he gave the order to desert send. He had, it sort of feels, outwitted the sinister voice – or had it been providing much less of a judgement than a caution? In March this 12 months, he and his spouse have been on vacation within the Trossachs in Scotland whilst their automobile had a nasty puncture. ‘Couldn’t get the wheel off,’ he wrote in his diary. ‘After approximately an hour’s attempt acknowledged a bit prayer to St Anthony and the nuts got here free the very subsequent time i attempted – and with just a small attempt. ’ Six months later he arrives in Hollywood, exhausted after a sixteen-hour flight from Copenhagen, in an effort to commence filming The Swan with Grace Kelly and Louis Jourdan. The screenwriter of pop Brown, Thelma Moss, has invited him out to dinner, yet they've got trouble discovering a desk simply because Thelma is donning slacks. They eventually accept a small Italian eating place, the Villa Capri, which has a extra informal dress-code, but if they get there they're instructed by way of the genial maître d’ that it's complete, they usually start to stroll away. ‘I don’t care the place we consume or what. simply anything, somewhere,’ grumbles Guinness irritably, including, ‘I don’t brain only a hamburger. ’ At that second, he turns into conscious of the sound of ft working down the road in the back of him. He turns to work out a tender guy in shoes, a sweatshirt and blue denims. ‘You need a desk? ’ he asks. ‘Join me. My name’s James Dean. ’ ‘Yes, very type of you,’ replies Guinness with aid, and eagerly follows him again to the Villa Capri. prior to they cross into the eating place, James Dean says, ‘I’d prefer to express you something,’ and takes them into the courtyard of the eating place. There, he proudly exhibits them his new racing vehicle, one in every of in simple terms 90 Porsche 550 Spyders ever produced.

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