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Today — December 12, 2017

Precursors (permalink)
Chicago's "cowboy mentality" goes way back.  From The Judge, 1889.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Cut Direct, by Alice Tilton:

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Methodically, and with infinite accuracy, he recited "Thanatopsis" in its entirety, including the punctuation.

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[Cassie has trouble with her bifocals.]

"Last week, I went right /through/ the bakery kitchen display window at Peirce's. Right through! And it was lemon pie day."

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"When I asked her for references, she told me candidly she didn't have any, but if I really wanted them, she knew a woman in Boston who wrote peaches at four for a dollar, and if I'd lend her the dollar--"

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"You must," said the foremost member, puffing slightly, "be Doctor MacNabb!"

Leonidas, affixing his pince-nez, bowed from the waist in a courtly manner.

"If I must, dear lady," he said, "I must."

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"They will most certainly discuss it. Ad, I should say, infinitum."

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"To think that I held the clew in my hand half the morning! I dandled it on my knee."

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His jaw was still jutting out, although no one had taken the trouble to notice it.

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"She's one of those 'You-can-afford-it-but-I-couldn't-possibly' women," Cassie continued. "She could, of course, but she doesn't."

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"Cassie's grandson has already let me down. Thud, thud--"

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His large black eyes.... lingered for several seconds on Leonidas. He was obviously thinking of Shakespeare, and his restraint in commenting on the resemblance further endeared him to Leonidas.

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Somehow, with some deft eyebrow work, she managed to convey to Rutherford the impression that these unexpected guests had thrown everything into a hideous turmoil, and that the only possible salvation lay in Rutherford's building boats with Jock.

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"Oh! Oh, how awful! Oh, please, please tell me it's my bifocals! Oh, I hope it's the bifocals!"

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"Mustache, mustache!" Cassie said. "I don't want to see or hear another mustache!"

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[People Making Up Proverbs dept.]

"I have not been able," she said, "to find that quotation in any standard compendium on Eastern proverbs and sayings. I fear you made it up. Good night."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Someone once said, "If it comes, it will come from above."  From Fliegende Blätter, 1941.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1944.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"But your nerves simply can't stand the strain!"  From Life, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Elf Maiden and Other Stories by Andrew Lang, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1933.   Relatedly, this incredibly unlikely project should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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