“Thirty- eight years old and he was finished. He sipped at the coffee and remembered where he had gone wrong – or right. He’d simply gotten tired – of the insurance game, of the small offices and high glass partitions, the clients; he’d simply gotten tired of cheating on his wife, of squeezing secretaries in the elevator and in the halls;
he’d gotten tired of Christmas parties and New Year’s parties and birthdays, and payments on new cars and furniture payments – light, gas, water – the whole bleeding complex of necessities.
He’d gotten tired and quit, that’s all. The divorce came soon enough and the drinking came soon enough, and suddenly he was out of it. He had nothing, and he found out that having nothing was difficult too. It was another type of burden. If only there were some gentler road in between. It seemed a man only had two choices – get in on the hustle or be a bum.”
- Charles Bukowski, South of No North