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Who is Barbara?

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My boyfriend David (known as Dave to his friends) ordered himself a second hand copy of a book by Chuck Laszewski about the actor, singer and social activist Dean Reed – Rock ‘n’ Roll Radical: the Life and Mysterious Death of Dean Reed (published by Beaver’s Pond Press).  t looks very interesting.  Some people wonder whether Dean Reed committed suicide or whether he was murdered, but me, I wonder who Barbara is…

The book arrived in the post today and when Dave opened it and flicked through the pages, he saw some pink Post-It notes stuck to several pages.  One of them said:  “David – I LOVE you very MUCH – Barbara” .  We were both shocked at the coincidence that this book had previously belonged to someone called David and we looked at the other pink notes to see what they said.  Here they are in page order:

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Oddly, Barbara has stuck a note “You make me feel safe” for David on a page where Dean Reed tells his wife she has to quit the film she’s working on or he’ll divorce her!

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And then Barbara has written “We have a good time doing simple things” on a page where Dean has sex with Wiebke Dorndeck until dawn – saucy!

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Barbara feels “so happy & settled when I’m w/you” now – and this is stuck to a page where Dean Reed is having marital troubles and Wiebke is allegedly spying on him for the Stasi…

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“David – I LOVE you very MUCH – barbara”

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When Dean Reed is depressed and needs to see a psychiatrist, Barbara posts a note to David “think of me when you see this note” – my mind boggles…

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And when Dean Reed is dead and his family find inconsistencies in the story of how he died, Barbara tells David “I sleep so well when you’re next to me in bed”

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Barbara’s final note to David – “Even though this is the end of your book…” (it isn’t quite, it’s the penultimate page!) “We’ve only just begun…”

Very strange little collection of notes there – and David left them in the book when he gave it away or sold it, so I am guessing that although they may only just have begun back then that Barbara is no longer sleeping well in the bed next to David… Kinda sad really.  They could still be together but if they are David didn’t bother to keep Barbara’s notes when he discarded the book…

Back to my David (Dave), I was kidding him that someone called Barbara at the second-hand bookstore was stalking him and that she put the notes in the book especially for him.  And THEN…!

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…I noticed this at the front of the book – an inscription presumably from the author of the book: Chuck Laszewski.  He refers to David as his “favourite left-handed guitarist” – and my David just happens to be a left-handed guitarist!!!

Maybe someone is spying on us?  I tell you what, they’d be bored to tears – we spend all our time reading, writing, watching films and listening to music.  There’s nothing to report.  Except odd little mysteries like this one.  Just who is Barbara?  And who is David?

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About tinynoggin

I love films (anything from exploitation stuff to stylish Eastern European cinema, but I'm not really into blockbusters and modern Hollywood), music (Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Michel Polnareff, Left Banke, Francoise Hardy, The Seeds, Love, The Zombies, etc) and books (Kurt Vonnegut, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Hamilton, Alan Sillitoe, and more). I take photographs with my Lomography Diana F plus or my Olympus Trip and like making stuff in my spare time.

2 responses to “Who is Barbara?

  1. Sally Smithson ⋅

    Fascinating!

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    • It’s strange, isn’t it, Sally? Regardless of the book, which looks really good, you start wondering about all these people – Chuck and Barbara and David – and what’s happened in their lives. I’m such a nosey so-and-so!

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