quote by Ron Rash

Intensely moving but never sentimental, Academy Street is a profound meditation on what Faulkner called 'the human heart in conflict with itself'. In Tess Lohan, Mary Costello has created one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary fiction. What a marvel of a book.

— Ron Rash

Delicious Costello quotations

My tastes range all over the place, from vocal standards to Motown to 70s funk & soul to 80s pop to film scores to artists like R.E.M., Ben Folds, Prince, Annie Lennox, the Police, Elvis Costello, Cat Stevens, the Ditty Bops, local bands that friends of mine are in, and the list goes on... I have no single favorite genre or artist.


As for music, my tastes are eclectic.

Elvis Costello is my all-time favorite. I listen to a lot of jazz, primarily the great female vocalists, and I am very fond of the late cabaret singer Nancy Lamott.

We've always had a lot of different influences and we've always liked catchy music from the Beatles to Cheap Trick to Elvis Costello.

Elvis Costello had a brand new bag. He was a musician, but he knew all about the attitude part of it.

It gets so boring at home. After all, how many reruns of Abbott and Costello movies can a guy watch on television?


People are going to see both of us and think it's an Abbott and Costello kind of thing. It's not an easy switch. It's not an easy transition from TV to film.

Although in Abbott and Costello, and straight man was first. That's a very interesting concept.

The appeal for drugs has dwindled. Except for actual opium. If I could get real opium, I'd stir it in my hot coffee every morning. People keep giving me marijuana. I've got pouches in a drawer. I've been meaning to smoke a joint and watch Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. I planned to do this three months ago and I still haven't gotten around to it.

The straight man has to know to relate to the comic.

When I think of the great comedy teams, I think of Martin & Lewis, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello.

At network television you could make a show like Freaks and Geeks, and even though 7 million people watch is every week, you were considered a terrible failure, and they got rid of you and staff. Now ... It's like a world where the replacements are the biggest fans in the world. It's, the Elvis Costellos of television are the winners. Creativity is king and it's very very exciting.


I would love to hang out with Elvis Costello, to see what he's up to because he seems so fascinating to me.

Critics like Elvis Costello because critics are like Elvis Costello.

You know, we recently played a benefit with my husband, Elvis Costello, and Sir Elton John, who is a mutual friend of ours. Playing with Elvis and Elton and accompanying them with my band was a pretty euphoric experience.

My earliest childhood memories are of watching Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. I remember not liking Frankenstein then and going, "Who is this bald guy?" But I love it now.

It gets boring at home. How many reruns of Abbott and Costello movies can a guy watch on TV?


What happens with Mad Men, its like an Elvis Costello album;

Ill watch it, and then I immediately have to watch it again. AMC will play it back-to-back. I have a tendency to yell at it when my wifes not around because if she catches me yelling at Mad Men, then it gets weird.

Elvis Costello's song writing is so peerless and individualistic.

It's storytelling and it's deeply intelligent and clever.

Abbott and Costello were huge for me as a very young person.

Theres a bunch of Elvis Costello records that made all the difference between feeling like a total freak and feeling like ... only a freak. A freak among other freaks

Music journalists love Elvis Costello and hate me because they look like Elvis Costello


When somebody like Elvis Costello comes along, anybody can make a good record with him.

No, Paul, I couldn't care less if you tell me made-up stories.

Our lies reveal as much about us as our truths.' (Said to Paul by Elizabeth Costello, the interloping novelist-angel-inner voice).