[Ads-l] folk aphorism?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 1 13:59:54 EST 2019


Wilson's citing of the aphorism about sex comes as both a relief and a
disappointment to me. In the form "When it's good it's great, and when it's
bad it's still pretty good" it was part of the canon imparted to me by my
mother Maxine Horn (1914-1975), and to my recollection she wasn't black, a
DJ, or from L.A.

LH


On Sun, Dec 1, 2019 at 1:20 PM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Which reminds me of
> (https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mae_West)
>
> When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.
>
> *I'm No Angel* (1933)
>
> MAM
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 2:50 AM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > A black DJ in L.A.used  as one of s many catch-phrases,
> >
> > "[...] is like sex: when it's good, it's wonderful; when it's bad, it's
> > *still* good!"
> >
>
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