Saturday, January 12, 2019

First Paragraph

Way past midnight, up in the network's New York control room, a man and a woman sat in a glass cubicle watching a pair of television monitors. The man was only in his early forties, but already he was bald on top except for a narrow little furze of reddish hair that arched up over his freckled dome like an earphone clamp. He had jowls, eyeglasses for nearsightedness, a shell back, rounded shoulders, and a ponderous gut, which his old gray sweater only made look worse. He also had a slovenly way of slouching in his seat so that his weight rested on the base of his spine. In short, a slob, which he realized; and the hell with it.

- From "Ambush at Fort Bragg: A Novella" in Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe

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