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Tales of Ordinary Madness Chapter Summary & Analysis - A Quiet Conversation Piece Summary

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A Quiet Conversation Piece Summary

Bukowski sits at home with a friend named Maxie and the two drink, smoke, and discuss world politics and the state of society. Maxie, who is studying to be a rabbi, believes that the United States can gain focus and purity from a revolution, but Bukowski believes that a revolution will only serve to purge society of both good and bad elements. Maxie believes that revolutions at least make progress even if they do not fully solve the problems that they are intended to solve, but Bukowski argues that the human cost is too great for such little progress. Maxie leaves, and Bukowski reflects on how much he has enjoyed the evening of conversation with a smart man.

A Quiet Conversation Piece Analysis

This story is full of contradictions. Words are powerful tools to enact change, yet words are also powerless...

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