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“Lew Basnight seemed a sociable enough young man, though it soon became obvious that he had not, until now, so much as heard of the Chums of Chance.

‘But every boy knows the Chums of Chance,’ declared Lindsay Noseworth perplexedly. ‘What could you’ve been reading, as a youth?’

Lew obligingly tried to remember. ‘Wild West, African explorers, the usual adventure stuff. But you boys—you’re not storybook characters.’ He had a thought. ‘Are you?’

‘No more than Wyatt Earp or Nellie Bly,’ Randolph supposed. ‘Although the longer a fellow’s name has been in the magazines, the harder it is to tell fiction from non-fiction.’”

—Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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