Just Another Auden October: King Zing


Men will pay large sums to whores
for telling them they are not bores.

(W.H. Auden. “New Year Letter to Elizabeth Mayer.” 1941.)

Larry King and fourth wife Shawn Southwick King.

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2 Responses to “Just Another Auden October: King Zing”

  1. Jed Leyland Says:

    Very scary photo of two very scary people who deserve each other. I hope Larry lives another 20 years with her – destroying her possible dream scheme of “short tenure…big payoff.” And I hope he runs through all the money.(boy,am I a cynical B#st#rd or what ? )

    Tropic Magazine…inserted in the Sunday editions of the Miami Herald in years past…did a great cover story on Larry about 20 years ago.The cover said “Larry King owes me…” with sums ranging from 5 figures to $5. In the ’60s , Larry was a Miami Media maven – writing for the Miami News,voice of the Dolphins, late Sunday interview show on WTVJ and various radio shows on WIOD. But his various salaries never kept up with his gambling Jones. The article was short 3-4 narrative paragraphs with each of the dozen people behind the cover debts explaining how Larry stifted them. The $5 was a barber.
    Thw article was written after Larry hit it big with CNN,books,etc. No repayment was in sight.

    • E. Says:

      I’d written some snide and telling things,myself, in my original draft of this post, but then I read Shawn has tried to kill herself several times, and I started to feel badly. I’ll let your comments stand in my original intentions’ stead. Thanks for taking the heat. (And telling the truth)

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