Quotation by Edward Hoagland

We New Yorkers see more death and violence than most soldiers do, grow a thick chitin on our backs, grimace like a rat and learn to do a disappearing act. Long ago we outgrew the need to be blowhards about our masculinity; we leave that to the Alaskans and Texans, who have more time for it.
Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. repr. In Heart's Desire (1988). "City Rat," Audience (Hollywood, March 1972).
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