19 January 2008 - 10:52bobby fischer cuts the cheese
in iceland, no less.
last i knew, bobby fischer was living in budapest. i arrived there in 2000 and went to meet Bob Cohen for the first time, in his bar, the Cziga Cafe. There were chess players in the back of the Cziga; Bob told me that Bobby Fischer lived in the area and was known to come into the cafe once every year or so and kick all the chess players’ asses. The rest of the time he published pamphlets elucidating his anti-semetic, hungaro-japanese master race theory.
On my second trip to the region, i had the incredible privilege of being taken out to Transylvania by Master Cohen, where we visited with master fiddler Marton Kodoba and his son Florine, of the Kodoba family band from Palatka. The Palatka style is rough & emotionally intense - Martun, coaxed to play by our offering of bootlegged plum brandy, leaned towards us as he played, eyes half-mast but making searingly direct eye contact. Here is a picture of them taken by Fumie Suzuki:
update, 2:05 pm; a challenge to speak peppery readers: be the first speak peppery reader or blogger to write a texting novel