Desire: new and improved!

So New Orleans is bringing back its streetcar system.

“In 1964 the streetcars were removed from Canal Street and were replaced by buses. The new streetcars will look just like the old ones, complete with reversible wooden seats. The difference is that the new cars have heating, air conditioning and are ADA compliant,” said Elmer von Dullen, New Orleans RTA superintendent/vehicle assembly. “We are building a part of New Orleans’ history.”

Can we expect that one will be named “Desire” for the benefit of the tourists? Well, does a bear . . . you know.

In honor of this unlooked-for blessing, here are some quotes from Tennessee Williams’ play, proving that it is just as timeless as it ever was (or something like that).

“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don’t tell the truth. I tell what ought to be truth.”

“Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable, and the one thing I’ve never been guilty of.”

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I said I was sorry three times.”

“Straight? What’s ‘straight’? A line can be straight, or a street. But the heart of a human being?”

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