Sunday, May 17, 2009

#19 All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

Look here, pal, lemme tell ya’ about a man named Willie Stark, the Boss.  The Boss got a bee in his bonnet about becoming governor and told anybody who would listen that he was going to cut the corruption out of this state like a cancer.  “Gimme that meat ax!” was Willie’s battle cry, and the people loved him. Willie realized that he couldn’t get anything done without getting his hands dirty, and Willie’s hands got filthy as all hell. As Willie likes to say, "Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud.”   Him included.

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