David and the Lion’s Den — Chapter Alert and Author’s Notes

After a brief interlude peeking into the life of an immigrant boy, our story takes back up. As he narrates, David remembers the Dying Years and how “if you squinted just right, you didn’t have to see.” He and Richard stock up on painting supplies at a lower Manhattan arts temple, then meet a gallery owner. Why is David so stunned, and why is he talking about fate?

Author’s Notes:

Pearl Paint was a New York City icon for decades. Some of the 20th century’s most important works of art were created with supplies from Pearl. Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, just to name two influential artists, bought their supplies at Pearl. At the time of narration, Pearl was still open. Sadly, it finally succumbed to Internet retail forces just a few years ago. A careful reader might be able to use that bit of trivia to narrow down the time of narration.

Three Card Monty is ubiquitous in NYC. Residents wonder why anyone falls for it, but parks and public spaces are full of hustlers demonstrating the assertion that suckers are born every minute.

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