By William Peter Blatty
Bestselling writer William Peter Blatty warms our hearts with a humorous but deeply relocating nostalgic story of reminiscence, secret . . . and miracles.
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How? " he added, imitating his mother. "There is no reason to jump down across the country to go to the YWCA. It's out ah da question. My stars! " Bill's immediate success in Los Angeles was doing little for his social situation, and no doubt contributed to his desperation for his best friend to move in with him. "My God, I'm depressed right now," he wrote to Dwight. " And, Bill admitted, "I've got it good by Comedy Store standards. I mean, my situation is excellent. It's just awful. I have no friends out here.
Laurie was with Bill most nights at the Annex. Bill loved to be with her, but he didn't really like her watching him every night. It's my work, he said, and I don't want to worry that you've heard it all before. Laurie reassured him that it was funny no matter how many times she heard it. All of them -- fifteen or so including Huggins, Pineapple, Wright, Farneti, Barber, Shock, and an aspiring comedian named Mark Wilkes -- hung out between sets in the greenroom, a small, dark space with fake-wood paneling and a beer-stained floor, talking and drinking, all of them wired from stage time.
As soon as Bill settled into the Austin house, he found a new cause. He, Kevin, and David began setting up a production company called Absolute Creative Entertainment. Nobody was using the word indie yet, but running an operation where the three would have total control over producing original uncompromising music and comedy had been their dream since high school. It was kind of an offshoot of their teenage ambition to be a band, and just as they had taken promo pictures before they could play instruments, now they ran around buying office supplies and having stationery and business cards printed.