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“...ain’t there no last time, ever?”

That Joe who used to come up here last spring, he was a no-good Joe for true. He was the first guy I picked up on the street my whole damned life. I told him so. I thought he'd be nice to me then.You know what he said when I told him that? "There's always a first time," he says, "for everythin'," 'n laughs.

Why ain't there no last time, then, for anythin'? I mean, ain't there no last time, ever? For the same old thing?

- Nelson Algren, "Is Your Name Joe?" (from The Neon Wilderness)

October 24, 2017 in Books | Permalink