A Kiss With a Mustache In It. . .

"I cultivate this beard not for the usual given reasons of skin trouble or pain of shaving, nor for the secreet purpose of covering a weak chin, but as pure unblushing decoration, much as a peeacock finds pleasure in his tail. And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus."

--John Steinbeck "Travels with Charley." 1962


Blogger Asterios said...

Hah - I remember being taken aback by this passage when I was in the 8th grade - it totally struck me, and I completley forgot about it until you mentioned it here.

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