"All the way up until 1986, my barracoon
played home to a coffle of twelve: 3 quadroons
, 3 octoroons
, 2 pickaninnies
, 2 Mexicans, a mulatto
, a chink
, and a roan-colored Albanian hobo named Noodles. And I'll be goddammned if those weren't the best days of my life."