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A Popular Man

Story written in 1968

twice around I've had the flue, the flue, the flu, and the door keeps banging, and there are always more people, and each person or persons believes that they themselves have something special to offer me, and bang bang bang goes the door, and it is always the same thing, I say
I get into some pants and let them in through the door. but I am very tired, never get the sleep I should, haven't shit in 3 days, precisely, you guessed it, I am going mad, and all those people have their special energy, they all have points of goodness, I am a loner but I am not that much of a crank, but it is always always—something. I think of my mother's old saying in German, which is not precise, but which went something like this: "emmer etvas!" which means: always something. which a man never quite understands until he begins getting older...


Erections, Ejaculations and General Tales of Ordinary Madness - pg. 457 - 1972
Tales of Ordinary Madness - pg. 217 - 1983

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Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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