By Lawrence Block
Intercourse, medicinal drugs, AND homicide within the LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS
Anita Carbone was once a very good lady – and it bored her.
That’s why she took the lengthy subway journey right down to Greenwich Village, domestic of the Beats and the stoners, domestic to each type of misfit and dropout and loose spirit you may think. It was once the place she met Joe Milani, the stricken younger warfare veteran with the mild contact. however it used to be additionally the place she met his drug-dealing roommate – a guy whose unnatural appetites resulted in murder…
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No guts, no push, no drive, no interest in anything or anybody. You were a faceless wop named Joe Gutless Milani who deserved whatever you got. And now you did nothing. Now you were Hip or Beat or whatever word they were calling it this month. You had been spending years doing nothing at all. That was the hell of it. You didn’t work. Getting a gig as a messenger boy for a week at a clip wasn’t working. Bussing tables at the Automat for a day or two at a time wasn’t working. Bumming off Shank, bumming from the women you crawled into an occasional bed with, bumming off anybody who happened to have bread or food or an empty bed or a lonesome gland wasn’t working.
You shoulda been there, man. You would’ve got a kick out of the way he came on. Like it was all something out of a spy movie, you know? Sitting down next to me and talking out of the side of his mouth and all. ” “Everybody’s smoking it,” Joe said. ” “Why? They’ll have to, with everybody turning on right and left. By the time everybody knows it’s harmless and non-habit-forming they won’t be able to keep the law on the books. ” Joe looked at him, and Shank went on. “Things get legal because somebody wants them legal, man.
The same people had been there, the same guys—even if they had aged a year or two they had only gotten deader from the neck up. Your folks had been there but it hadn’t been the same with them, and the girls had been there and it hadn’t been the same with them, either, and all in all Rochester hadn’t been worth a damn and New York University had been worth less of a damn and the whole world had gotten dead set on driving you out of your alleged mind. Sure, Joe thought. Or, his mood alternating, he would accuse himself: You’re just a no-good bastard and you’ve screwed up everything you’ve ever touched.
A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block