In a video interview to promote last night’s screening of Smoke at BAM, Paul Auster spoke about, among other things, his relationship to Brooklyn and life in Park Slope—a conversation topic we’ve explored with him—including his fondness for La Bagel Delight.
There’s a little place I go to to buy sandwiches to take to my little work room in the neighborhood, and I talked about it in The Brooklyn Follies, a novel from six or seven years ago. There is a place called La Bagel Delight. It’s a real place… the great thing about this place is everybody goes in there, and I just love to listen to the conversations.
And I love the warmth and humor of the guys behind the counter. And, again, they’re Hispanic, they’re white, everybody’s working there, but there’s this kind of jocularity to it that I really appreciate. And it was there that the real lines were spoken that I quoted in the novel, to my wife Siri about 10 or 12 years ago. She went in and she wanted to buy a cinnamon-raisin bagel, but the words got stuck in her mouth and it came out, “cinnamon Reagan.” And the man behind the counter said, “sorry, we don’t have any of those, but how about a pumper-Nixon instead?” These guys are really fast!
Watch the full interview: