E.L. Doctorow’s Lives of the Poets

by Jess

An excerpt from Doctorow’s novella Lives of the Poets:

“But it’s too much — all over the city everyone running shopping consulting, trying to get away from this white-bread life, in their running suits they run, with their vegetable juicers under their arms, I’ve got more important things to do.  What I need is a master guide to wisdom, an exclusive service in the ideal location of the world, say, where you give all your money and all you ever hope to have, and in return you receive a generosity of beneficent hygienically balanced natural unradiated lifelight and you get to live and write a minimum hundred and fifty years, give or take a decade, and the cock never fails you.”