Title: Soothsayer, Chapter One, Part Two
Step into my parlor, said the spider to the fly...
“Nothing prevents us being natural so much as the desire to appear so.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
You know what they say: dress to impress. The way you look has a lot to do with how you’re going to be treated, and at this point in my life I was better than a goddamn boy scout at being prepared. For most of the people in this business, your appearance is just part of the con. You look mysterious, exotic, special and strange, and you’re going to have more credence to the average consumer than a housewife in a terrycloth robe and hair curlers. I’m not saying I believed that, I’d had my ass handed to me by more than one unassuming face, but I did believe in the efficacy of the right presentation.