At a garage sale, I recently found an Original Document wherein it was declared James Thruber Day in Los Angeles Ca. and it is signed by the then Mayor Sam Yorty in 1972. I will be putting it up for auction on e-bay the week of July1-July7, 2003, if you know of anyone who would be interested. Thank You. Wendy Packer at firstname.lastname@example.org
>>By Wendy Packer (Saturday, 28 Jun 2003 21:44)
James Thurber is my favorite humorist or wit of the 20th century, but he's much more than just a humorist. There's a cosmic or perhaps divine view of life in his writings, of the absurdities that we deal with day to day, and also a measured blend of melancholy which sometimes tempers the humor into tragedy. Masters of humor have always been able to mix both sides of the coin.
Some of my favorite works of his include
"Leave Your Mind Alone" - a satire on self-help books written in the 1930s.
"Many Moons" A perfect child's book.
"The Wonderful O" A modern fantasy.
The best starting point, though, would be the anthology "Thurber: Writings and Drawings" published by Library of America, collecting some of the above, and his classic autobiography.
>>By indeterminacy (Friday, 17 Nov 2006 09:28)
I feel the same way about Thurber.....have you ever tried Peter DeVries? Though so much of what he wrote hasn't stood the test of time, he's got that same humor.....based on the pain of slogging through another day.
>>By limpet (Saturday, 9 Dec 2006 19:53)
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