By James Thurber
Thurber is one other a kind of nearly-forgotten geniuses of yankee humor dependent on the New Yorker. worthy reading.
Another choice of Thurberiana, exact in that it features a peppering of the author's favorites, additionally an advent to his
"serious comedy." one of the 32 tales lurk joyosities similar to "The girl of Orlon," "The Psychosemanticist Will See you presently,
Mr. Thurber," "Get Thee to a Monastery" and "The Moribundant existence, or become old besides Whom?"
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She ran out of patience finally, and said, 'Look, honey baby, eat. ' " If your own baby prefers caterpillars to sand, or some other tidbits, such as buttons or small pieces of coal, these can, of course, be substituted. As simple as that, Mother. Some of us senescent students of the domestic scene worry about Mama's plans to rid the infantile consciousness of even the most natural anxieties, the very roughage of mental diet, and replace them with fake and gaudy reassur ances. We are afraid that America may become a nation of 32 tranquillizationists, living in a fool's Euphoria, with an incantation for every sorrow, and a magic wand for every menace.
A tion). The colloquial deformity "knowledgeable," which should have been clubbed to death years ago, when it first began crawling about like the late Lon Chaney, has gained new life in 23 recen t months. I t is a dented derby of a word, often found in the scrawny company of such battered straw hats as "do gooder," "know-how," "update," "uptake" (I recently up took the iodine uptake test for thyroidism), and others so ugly and strange I can't decipher them in my notes. One of them looks like "de-egghead," which would mean to disintellectualize or mentally emasculate-a crippling opera tion approved of by qD alanning number of squash-heads, in Washington and elSewhere.
Rose had told about a remarkable meeting, held in a vacant lot far uptown in Harlem and attended by himself, Vallon, Webber, and Becker, at which, Rose said, the police lieutenant had commanded them to get rid of Rosenthal. Schepps, a kind of hanger-on and toady of the gamblers, had witnessed this meeting, it was claimed, but a t a distance. H e swore he had h a d no idea what the four men were talking about; he had merely seen them talking together. On this extraordinary evidence about an extraor dinary conference, Becker was sentenced to death.