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James Thurber spent so much of his occupation on the New Yorker journal, drawing cartoons and writing essays and tales. Collecting Himself is a exceptional 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 provides a glimpse into Thurber the fellow, the thinker, and the critic.

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In fairness, the poet would likely affirm his belief in a divinity (or more likely, in divinities). Yet much as Sam would like to cut his bible-belt bonds, his intensely verbal imagination cannot separate the Word from—or perhaps imposes the Word on—its perverters. In any case, “God” and its variants would take up small space in the multitudinous Davis Concordance. 12 William J. Higginson, “A Poet’s Haiku: Paul Muldoon,” Modern Haiku 35:2 (2004) 49. Similarly to Muldoon, Davis delights in cracking his idiom over any convention, to hatch what the alliance will.

Too bad you were mostly muscle and not more mental. Though, it’s only natural that I don’t see The sense in your Achaean creed, I don’t need to believe It to realize that you bleed The same color as me; red Crimson covered your sleeves Before you ended up dead. You carried on until you were a feast Fit for carrion crows and vicious beasts. ” Instead of turning on your Greek brother You should have turned the other cheek. At least you were given a choice Between two fates and you chose A short life with undying fame over A prolonged inglorious existence.

By keeping things light, Scranton can critique Loneliness, Dualism, Unintended Consequences—abstract matters like these and Love and Truth and Tolerance, all resistant to black and white treatment. "Think[ing] in shades / of gray" acknowledges nuances, but also defines a philosophical approach. It would not ring true to trumpet that, "NOW MORE THAN EVER," understanding life must be recognized as transcending mere explanation of it. Kierkegaard perceived this circumstance descriptive of all times.

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