Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Excerpt from Joseph Mitchell, "My Ears are Bent," orginally published 1938

Describing Dick's Bar and Grill, a reporter's bar near the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan:

"There are two steady waiters, and they also hate the customers. One is named Horace. He is an Italian who suffers from adenoids and never shuts his mouth. He has a delusion about his head. He was in the Italian Army during the war, and he believes his head was shot off and that the doctors got the head of an Austrian and sewed it on his neck. He claims that the new head is not satisfactory because it is the head of a young man and often urges him into adventures in which the rest of his body is not particularly interested.

" 'My other head had a big mustache,' he said one night."

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