the smuggler’s bible


The old man who lives up the mountain doles out his hermit wisdom on the weekends. And it’s cheap, too. Like four bucks and some Oreos from the gas station.

Nassau says that’s because wise men have to start from first principles, and inflation is notoriously one of the final revelations.

Anyway, Iason hauls his drama up to the cave—night school, the divorce, everything—and lays it out.

“He said to me, what the fuck am I supposed to do with all that?

“Good.” Nassau sights along the cue at the striped eleven ball. “Very good, really. That’s Socratic.”