Mick and Fyodor at the Russian Tea Room (“Just Wanna See His Face”)

by Mark Chmiel

“We loved your novel on the Brothers
In the early-70s Keith himself musta read it three times
He wouldn’t shut up about it”

“This pleases me!”

“Yeah, he mostly loved Mitya
But he was also drawn to Alyosha
And that’s what’s behind that song on Exile on Main Street

“Ah, my favorite album!”

“‘Cuz sometimes you just don’t wanna talk about Jesus’–
Or Zosima or Markel or Alyosha cuz it’s all the same–
‘You just wanna see his face'”

“Exactly, my friend!”

Just wanna see his face

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