This is my own little blog devoted to Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon's "crazy love" (Paul's term), though I occasionally broaden the subject matter.
My user name is a deliberate misspelling of "triskadekaphile," which is someone who likes the number 13 (aka the opposite of a triskadekaphobe, which is someone who fears it). I personally think "trikadekaphile" sounds better. So THERE.
“I meet and marry this man right here. This is Paul Simon. Paul Simon is a short Jewish singer. Eddie Fisher is a short Jewish singer. Short. Jewish. Singer. Any questions? My mother makes a blueprint and I follow it to the letter.”
Wishful Drinking (2010)
Andy Warhol commented on this interesting little factoid in his diaries. He wrote about seeing Eddie Fisher come into a New York nightclub circa 1984: “I can understand why Carrie Fisher married the Simon guy because he’s like Eddie without the curls.”
It was fall 1980, and I had flown into New York to see Paul Simon perform at the Palladium. I arrived in the grip of a deep depression…
…Luckily, my friends were sympathetic. Paul suffered from bouts of darkness, and Carrie had a whole wardrobe of mood swings hanging in her closet. Before the show, Paul said, “Why don’t you come onstage and sing at the end when I play ‘Amazing Grace’?”
“No thanks,” I said. “I’m not a singer.”
“Penny, we’ll have a large gospel choir backing you up — as well as Mayor Koch,” he said. “No one will hear you.”
“They won’t know who I am,” I said, sounding depressed.
“What are you, nuts?” he said. “Come on out and see what it feels like,” he said.
After turning in an amazing two-hour-plus show, Paul got to “Amazing Grace” and motioned to me on the side. Reluctantly, I walked out and stood next to him, and I will forever be glad I did. As we sang, the cheering from the audience was like a gust of wind that blew away some of my depression.
The first pic was taken in 1979, for an interview Carrie and Harrison gave before going off to film “The Empire Strikes Back.” The second was taken in 1980; Paul was Carrie’s date to the premiere of the same movie.