A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block PDF
By Lawrence Block
Intercourse, medications, AND homicide within the LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS
Anita Carbone was once a superb woman – 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 unfastened spirit you may think. It was once the place she met Joe Milani, the bothered younger struggle veteran with the mild contact. however it was once additionally the place she met his drug-dealing roommate – a guy whose unnatural appetites resulted in murder…
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There was a scrap of paper there and a pack of regular cigarettes, and at first he thought that the joint had disappeared, maybe Fran had taken it or he himself had gone and lost it somewhere. Then, when he found it at the bottom of the pocket, his fingers examined it without removing it. It seemed to be all right and he relaxed. Joe wandered aimlessly around the East Side, then headed west on Fourth Street. A dollar bill was wrapped around some loose change in one pocket and he thought about getting something to eat but nothing appealed.
But in a short time it had been consumed and they had their high—not the screamily floating high of pot or the pounding, pacing, madcap high of pep pills, but a soft and gently drowsy and beneficent high, the high of codeine, an opium derivative, that made everything much easier to bear. Joe took off the man’s white dress shirt, wondering vaguely but without concern what guy had left the shirt at Fran’s pad, the last stud to share Fran’s big double bed. He took off Fran’s skirt. She wore nothing under the skirt or shirt—she rarely did, complaining that underwear inhibited her.
The whole course, from Pamela to Mansfield Park, had been a grade-A bore. The whole bit at NYU, from the required geology course he hadn’t wanted to take to the advanced English courses he had looked forward to with a great deal of pleasure-all had added up to a grade-A bore. So he had been bored then as now. Was that any reason to spend half his life on page forty-five? It wasn’t. And if he were bored, didn’t it figure he should do something to stop being bored? It did. Then what the hell? Immobility, you damned fool.
A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block