Everything's For Sale. Sometimes for Just $20
There is almost nothing on earth that cannot be had for a price. The question is, what is that price? And the answer is twenty dollars.
I've always wanted to test myself, to establish the weight and worth of a twenty in the world. So last month I took two grand in twenties, rolled them up, and left for New York. I was going to spend three days greasing palms from gate to gate and see what it got me. This is about as much Zen as I can muster: Stuff your pockets full of twenties and doors will open by themselves.
From the article "The $20 Theory of the Universe," published in Esquire in 2003.