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Steely Dan: Katy Lied

Steven Rosen, Circus Raves, May 1975

EIGHT-THIRTY PM. On the sixteenth story of a monster New York skyscraper a lonely light shone at the end of a cavernous floor. The deserted space was a storage center for office furniture; 36 desks piled up, dozens of sofas in heaps, desks, swivel chairs and file cabinets. In this modern bureaucratic wasteland a publicity director for a large record company worked after hours to catch up on urgent affairs. Suddenly, a telephone rang, cutting through the ghostlike gloom. "Hello?" the publicity man answered cautiously.

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