KWIK KWOTES: Urban Politicians, According to Michael Chabon

“In the shade of a wide-brimmed hat whose vibe wavered between crime boss and Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West, pin-striped, gray-on-charcoal three-piece, black wing tips shined until they shed a perceptical halo, Chan Flowers came into the store. Slid himself through the front door, as ineluctable as a final notice from the county. Straight-backed, barrel-chested, bow-legged. A model of probity, a steady hand to reassure the grieving, a sober man – a grave man – solid as the pillar of a tomb. A good dose of gangster to the  hat to let you know the councilman played his politics old school, with a shovel in the dark of  the moon.”                                                      

Michael Chabon  Telegraph Avenue  (Harper Collins 2012) 

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