Friday, June 17, 2011

Not enough E's

"There will be a small scatter of boxlike dwellings somewhere near a mill, usually on a river, and a cannery on the docks, needing a new floor. The main street is a stripe of wet asphalt smeared with barroom neon. If there is a stoplight, it is more a status symbol than a safety precaution... Traffic Commissioner at the City Council: 'Those boys up there't Nehalem got two stoplights! I can't see no reason we don't even have one. The trouble with this town, by Gawd, is not enough Civic Pride.'

That's the trouble as he sees it. 

There is a movie-show house, open Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Nites, located next door to a laundry, both establishments owned by the same sallow and somber businessman. The theater marquee reads: THE GUNS OF NAVARONE G PECK & THREE SHIRTS 99C THIS WEAK ONLY.

According to this bleached citizen the trouble is not enough E's."

-Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

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