No Self-Made Man But Still Dapper Dan

I did not spring forth

full-grown and fully-


blown into my present

self. It took time – then,


now and in the future –

handed to me by God-


lings. “I was born a baby,

what are these hundred


suits of clothes I’m

wearing?” asked Jim


Harrison. A friend sent

him books of Zen in


his darkness and

“They rattled me loose


from the oppressive, pole-

axed state of distraction


we count as worldly

success.”* I don’t


even fit in the

suits anymore. They


hang in the closet

and I write this at


two p.m. in my



purple underwear,

which is my *The


Shape of the

Journey, pg. 361,


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