Barney Rosset, the founder of the Grove Press in the early fifties as well as the distinguished literary and political magazine, the Evergreen Review (both institutions published Samuel Beckett's earliest work) lives and works in a Greenwich Village walk-up where he now publishes the Blue Moon Press. The offices are a long way up — four flights. On the third floor, is a loft-like room. At the far end is a Ping-Pong table with one end up on its hinges so that half the table faces the player like a backboard. Rosset goes down there on occasion and practices.
Is it true that you once played Ping-Pong with Samuel Beckett back in the fifties?
He knew that I played Ping-Pong, or more properly table tennis, and that I was good at it. Perhaps I told him. Anyway one day we walked up the Boulevard St. Germain looking for a place to play. We couldn’t find one. Finally we ended up in a billiard parlor on the corner of St. Germain and the Boulevard St. Michel.…