Upon recent acquaintance and saddened at the news I’m only a writer, more than one Filipina lady has suggested I could make a living in Manila as a Kenny Rogers impersonator. Now an American woman from Tennessee who looks like a diminutive Cormac McCarthy with longer hair and dyspepsia tells me there’s hope for me in America as an Orsen Welles clone.
I grow giddy at this ever-expanding horizon of opportunity, where age and gray-beardedness are instead generally supposed to narrow one’s prospects. One 25-year-old babe even told me I reminded her of Sean Connery, though I know she was just trying to flatter me. Anyway, Connery’s about 75 years old, for Christ’s sake, so I wasn’t flattered at all. That friggin’ nitwit.
Barsotti’s cartoon (copyright cartoonbank.com) appeared in the 24 June 1994 issue of the New Yorker.