By James Thurber
James Thurber spent so much of his profession on the New Yorker journal, drawing cartoons and writing essays and tales. Collecting Himself is a specific compilation of James Thurber's classic writings, that includes formerly unanthologized articles, essays, interviews, stories, cartoons, parodies, in addition to Thurber's reflections on his paintings in theater and on the New Yorker. An eclectic physique of labor that gives a glimpse into Thurber the guy, the thinker, and the critic.
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So, where have you been these days? Pious Sister or franctireuse? 20 D o you smell nothing? I come from the lower depths. v ic h y : De profundis. Been eating with the civil servants— g e ro lste in : Nature boy. v ic h y : know, doctors and court personnel and so. Y ou Very curious crowd. One’s from Allenstein, and the other doesn’t go bathing because he has a wife and children. Unquestionably a very curious crowd; you must do it too, some time. When I walked in with my Houbigant, they all started sniffing the air!
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Breathtaking vision! Popular liberties, particularly in the field of social hygiene, cannot be prolonged by a farsighted state. One is tempted to speak of a wilderness, if not of mythical conditions—where, for example, is the nursing law: Monday, W ednesday, Friday on the right breast, the rest of the week on the left one? Where is the standardized coloring of infant feces, with compulsory reporting? Great tasks, Serene Highness. Let us impregnate the homeland, let us found a concern, let us educate the people—what am I saying, educate?