James Thurber's Alarms And Diversions PDF

By James Thurber

Thurber is one other a type of nearly-forgotten geniuses of yank humor established on the New Yorker. worthy reading.


Another choice of Thurberiana, specified in that it includes a peppering of the author's favorites, additionally an creation to his
"serious comedy." one of the 32 tales lurk joyosities similar to "The woman of Orlon," "The Psychosemanticist Will See you presently,
Mr. Thurber," "Get Thee to a Monastery" and "The Moribundant existence, or get older in addition to Whom?"

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Ibsen explores the condition of Woman," he said, waving his cigar at an imaginary e nrapt audience of scholars. " He aimed his cigar at me as if it were a pistol. "Let us not discuss baseball," he said testily. " I let my companion dangle in what was for him an unusually long silence-perhaps a dozen seconds, during which I suppose he was trying to fit Chekhov and O'Neill into his tidy game of definition. "It seems to me," I began finally, "that-" "Not at all," he said abruptly. "I have been considering the staggering price the male playwrights may have to pay, in the end, for their preoccupation with various phases of the female.

He went immediately to the West Forty-seventh Street police station, reported the number, and was in­ stantly thrown in jail for his pains. His information might have been completely ignored (the police had licence num­ bers of their own to report, all of them wrong) had not a World reporter rung Whitman out of bed. The District Attorney got to the police station at three-twenty-five in the morning, learned about Gallagher, demanded his release, and got men to work on that licence number. Before dawn the driver of the gray car, a man named Shapiro, was arrested in his bed in a room near Washington Square.

He wore a cap to cover his baldness, but scorned 38 the use of a toupee. He came boldly out into the open during the war years, and went from camp to camp lectur­ ing soldiers on the evils of gambling and other vices. He lived in a fourteen-room house in a quiet suburban commu­ nity with his wife and two sons, and when he wasn't lectur­ ing on "Humanology," which he said meant the science of being human, he exhorted the children of his neighbor­ hood to lead clean lives, and told them how he had ended up in reform school as a bad boy, where he first made contact with the underworld.

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