Peggy Lee and Thomas Mann

"Is That All There Is?"

If that's all there is, my friend, then let's keep dancing. . .

Perhaps the bleakest hit song ever, inspired, it appears by a story from Thomas Mann. 

via Books Inq.


  1. Steven,

    Fascinating. It's one of my favorites by Peggy Lee.

    I shall now have to dig out my collection of Mann's shorter works and find this one. I know I read the story many years ago but never made the connection.

  2. Dear Fred,

    I doubt I've ever encountered the Mann before; however, it doesn't at all surprise me.

    And Peggy Lee is a favorite. This one has always been difficult for me--I love it also--but cautiously, at a distance.




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