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The Hustler

The Hustler   Manny’s Pool Hall Cleveland 1962 Kirk had the driver’s license the four of us high school boys owned brass-jointed cues to break in half and fold into a leather pouch carry-strap young gunslingers emulating Fast Eddie and Minnesota Fats from Walter Tevis’ book and film although I was never completely convinced about comedian Jackie Gleason as Fats (until much later) always seeing Ralph Kramden, his one of these days, Alice . . . to the MOON! from The Honeymooners what really scared me was Paul Newman thumbs broken in the cheap toilet stall   Kirk was my…

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