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Need Help Once Again (Spoiler Alert)

Update: lucidriceball found where the quote is from and the exact quote.  Thanks lucidriceball!

In chapter 40, there is a reference to a quote by Paul Auster, which says something along these lines… “I never said smoking is good for my health, but compared all the social and political issues in this world, smoking is a small problem”

I am trying to look for this quote online, but have failed to find anything similar. Paul Auster wrote the book “The Brooklyn Follies”. The film “Smoke” was based on that book, so it’s likely that the quote was from that book. I found the transcript of “Smoke” online, but the quote wasn’t there.

It would be great if someone can point me to an online source for The Brooklyn Follies, then I can look through it to see if the quote is there. Any other information on this is greatly appreciated as well.


Categories: Bartender
  1. mittens
    November 18, 2010 at 7:28 am

    “The Brooklyn Follies” doesn’t appear to be online, but the library where I work has it, and I can look for the quote during lunch today.

    Thank you for translating Bartender!

  2. November 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I also spent some time to look for it, but nothing came out so I’m sorry.

    However, I’ll just like to say that I recently took up Bartender again and I am very, very grateful that you are scanlating it, or else I will be heartbroken. I’ll try to help as much as possible as well.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. lucidriceball
    November 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I found the quote in the book “Three films: Smoke, Blue in the face, and Lulu on the bridge” By Paul Auster. It’s in a section called “The making of Smoke” on page 17. The quote is:
    “I’m not saying that smoking is good for you, but compared to the political and social and ecological outrages committed every day, tobacco is a minor issue.”

    Here’s a link to the site I found it on:

    I hope this helps you out,I really appreciate your hard work.

    • November 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

      Holy crap, that’s awesome! Thanks for looking it up! 😀

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