It's got nothing to do with the Broadway play," Moore said. "We're mining a new motherlode of gold--we hope. "We hope to, expect to and plan to bring from her a whole new series of ideas," he said.Miss Edna herself confirmed the discussions, although she went so far as to say they'd already signed the deal.
"It's going to be a history of the Chicken Ranch," Miss Edna said. "I'd only read one book about a madam, and I didn't like it. It was A House is Not a Home, you know, about Polly Adler. She said she never hustled herself. I can't believe that. So I never finished the book."The strange thing is, after 1978 nobody ever mentioned this book deal again. They just abandoned it at some point, without explanation. I wish I'd known this when I interviewed Miss Edna myself, because I would've asked about it. If Moore had written his book, it's a safe bet that I wouldn't have spent the past three years down the rabbit hole. Unfortunately, Moore died in 2008 and Halliday in 2010, so I can't ask either of them. If I can figure out where Robin Moore's papers are archived--some university, most likely--then there might be some insight to be found there. Nothing to be of any use for my book, most likely (and at this stage, I'm not looking to do any more rewrites) but I'm still curious to find out what happened to the definitive story of the Chicken Ranch that never was. Now Playing: Dave Brubeck The Best of the Dave Brubeck Trio
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