from ‘The Flea of Sodom’

Edward Dahlberg, The Flea of Sodom (New Directions, 1950), pp. 40:

One day, Ephraim Bedlam, the water-drinker and raw carrot and celery philosopher, who always smelled like musk or gymnasium sweat, tweaked me on the cheek, asking, “Have you seen any human beings lately?”

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