Tales of Ordinary Madness - Nut Ward East of Hollywood Summary & Analysis

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Nut Ward East of Hollywood Summary

The narrator wakes up in the middle of the afternoon and greets his friend Mad Jimmy, a junk peddler proudly sporting a brand-new Panama hat. The narrator and Mad Jimmy discuss sex, painting, and literature, and throughout their conversation the narrator makes many medical observations about Mad Jimmy's physical health. Meanwhile, the two men drink heavily and the narrator must smash the bottles so that they fit in his garbage can. Later, he steps on the glass and recalls how brave he feels when he picks glass out of his feet and sees the blood.

Mad Jimmy calls his woman, Mary, and discovers that she is taking him to court on charges of assault and battery. He does not remember breaking her rib. The two men discuss the importance of bowel movements and Mad Jimmy continues to try to...

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