A bite from Sam Lipsyte’s “The Ask

It‘s a good book, about ten percent into it.

“Yes,” said Cooley.

“That is the question, as the Bard might say.”

“The Bard?”

“What’s so funny?” said Cooley.

“Nothing, sir,” I said. “I just didn’t know people still used that term.”

“Well, I’m a people, Burke. Am I not?”

“Of course.”

“If you prick me, do I not bleed, you scat-gobbling, mother-rimming prick?”

Occasionally Dean Cooley reverted to a vocabulary more suited to his marine years, but some maintained it was only when he felt threatened, or stretched for time.

“Yes, sir,” I said.

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