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Monday, August 01, 2005

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"Is always" isn't forever:
"You move into a darker place as you get older," [Neil Simon] tells me. "You have a different perception. My mindset is not funny any more. I can still do it, somewhat, in writing, but it's darker. It's not even the death thing - I know I'm closer to the end than the middle. It's just a fact that I can't get out of bed without pain any more.
Simon has said in the past that pain is always funny so I wonder if he finds this chapter of his life amusing. He pauses for some time before replying: 'I don't think there's anything funny here.' "