by Hans ten Cate
Monday, 10 March 1997

"I don't think we'll ever escape the curse of Python. I feel it's like that snake with the hat on... We'd really rather hide, but it's rather a large snake."

Eric Idle, remarking on the popularity of Monty Python nearly 30 years after the troupe's debut. Eric was also referring to an Edward Lear drawing in his new children's book, The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat; interview in "Eric Idle Puts His Own Spin on 'Owl and the Pussycat'," by Lynne Heffley, Los Angeles Times Tuesday, November 5, 1996