Joy Williams gets some great props here in the current Sunday New York Times magazine: “The writer’s new story collection establishes her as one of the greatest chroniclers of humanity’s insignificance”.
Her 1980’s “Guide to Key West”, revised and still in print, is considered the best guide book to Key West, and by many one of the best guide books ever written. Conde Nast Traveler called it “a magnificent, tragic-comic guide”
In that volume she succinctly and aptly nails our bar: “The Parrot has an engagingly louche clientele, a pool table and a dart board, odd art, and an attitude best described by the sign over the booze shelves: ‘No Snivelling’. Many years later, her characterization is still spot-on, and I still find her description of our clientele as “engagingly louche”, to be, even as it sent me to the dictionary, particularly tasty, and continue to reference it in my own Parrot press blurbs.
Joy is a good friend, was my next-door neighbor for many years, and was an unflagging Green Parrot fan. Along with her husband Rust Hills she would frequent the occasional Parrot poetry reading, perched just inside the door, quietly nursing a margarita, as the poets took their turns at the podium.#greenparrotbar #joywilliams #greenparrotlittlefreelibrary #keywestliteraryseminar #keywestliterature