1. The way out was kneeing people in the balls. I figured this out. It would end the fight in five seconds. And, as I say in the book, I got a reputation as a dirty fighter. Perhaps that’s true. But it was only because I didn’t want to fight. And after I did that once or twice when people confronted me, and they’re writhing on the ground and the fight is over, people stopped taunting me or trying to pick fights with me, so I was free. So dirty tactics liberated me from the whole business.

    — Paul Auster reveals his secret to getting out of fighting as a boy

  2. Paul Auster

    Fresh Air

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