Restless Exotics

"Upwards of a hundred delegates had gathered in the taxi corner, if gathered is the word to apply to such a crowd of restless exotics. There were people from all corners of the earth. They wore caps, uniforms, military insignia, batik pants, Peruvian hats, pantaloons, wrinkled cotton breeches, crimson gowns from Africa, kilts from Scotland, skirts from Greece, Sikh turbans. The whole gathering reminded me of the great UN meeting that Khrushchev and Castro had attended, and where I had seen Nehru in his lovely white garments with a red rose in his lapel and a sort of baker's cap on his head--I had been present when Khrushchev pulled off his shoe to bang his desk in anger." (292)

One Last Bellow, describing a huge meeting/protest of Parisian taxi drivers. Makes the narrator nostalgic for other clothing-related meetings of import.

Also from "Cousins", also from He With His Foot in His Mouth, 1974-84.