just been published contains a very long
and interesting interview that
Leonard gave to them back in 1991.
Here is what he is saying about Hydra:
DemWith Hydra, it was love at first sight.
The people, the architecture, the sky,
the mules, the smell, life.
Everything you saw was beautiful,
each corner, each lamp, everything you touched,
everything you were using was in its proper place.
There was no running water, so you had to collect
the water drop by drop, you knew each drop.
You knew what you were using, whenever
you lit the lamp you knew that you will have to fill and
clean it the next day. The things you used were rich ...
It was a very pleasant sensation.
It was much more animated than
any city, much more cosmopolitan,
there were people from Germany,
Scandinavia, Australia, America, Holland
who met in the most intimate circumstances
in the backrooms of grocery stores.