Acid Heroes: the Legends of LSD

March 27, 2017

The Cody’s corner

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I always get a wistful feeling when I walk by this corner. I’m so haunted by my past in a way. And a thousand random memories might pop into my brain. Some happy. Some funny. Some bizarre. Some heart-breaking.

Just now as I passed I was thinking about the Summer of 1982. Remembering dropping off a big stack of TWISTED IMAGE #1 — hot off the presses! — and leaving it with the other free newspapers by the front door of Cody’s Books. It was my first real success in the world, age 26. After mostly fucking up, up to that point. So it was a triumphant moment. And it was the first (and certainly not the last) time I would leave my mark on Telegraph Avenue. It was kind of like a dog marking his territory by urinating on the corner. I guess that’s what I was doing, dropping off a big stack of my newspapers on that corner (“I’M HERE, WORLD!”).

Or — like Billy Pilgrim traveling in time — my mind might suddenly fast-forward to December of 1990. And the CBS News film crew is there to interview me and Duncan about the latest issue of the TELEGRAPH STREET CALENDAR. And I’ll think back to all the characters that were on the scene back then. And wonder where they all went. And why the hell I’m still here. . .

And it’ll keep going back and forth like that in my mind. Until I finally get to the next block. And I can stop thinking about all that crap.

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2 Comments »

  1. miss Duncan’s table and you next to him.He was always broke and I would help him out and he always paid back but in his last year he could not pay me back and so I hope he is at peace since I absolved him from his dilemma.

    Comment by Georg — March 29, 2017 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

    • “Ahhh, you couldn’t loan me a couple of bucks until the first, could you??” Ha ha. Then on the first he’d have like 50 different envelopes with people’s names on it with money inside to pay them back.

      Comment by Ace Backwords — March 29, 2017 @ 7:37 pm | Reply


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