Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. And never, ever, nomatter whatelse you do in your whole life, never sleep with anyone whose troubles are worse than your own.
1956 In Newsweek, 2 Jul. Algren claimed that these were his only principles, taught him by 'a nice old Negro lady'.
I went out there for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of townTuesday.Nelson AlgrenIn Malcolm Crowley (ed) Writers at Work (1958).
The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.Nelson Algren1961 Preface to reprint of Chicago: City On The Make (first published1951).
If Jesus Christ treated me like you do, I’d drive in the nails myself.Nelson AlgrenThe Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
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