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How T.C. Boyle Finds His Endings - The Atlantic

The narrator is baffled by the man who shows up at his door. The blind man has a beard, and hes surprised by this. How could a blind man have a beard? as if a blind man were a completely different species altogether. The blind man lifts his beard and sniffs it, one of his little quirks. The narrator notes this in the way hed notice a wild animal in the zoo doing something.