Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel

By Thomas Kunkel

This highly unique biography of the founding editor of the recent Yorker tells the diverting tale of ways Ross and the intense crew of individuals he collected round him--including James Thurber, Charles Addams, Dorothy Parker, and John O'Hara--devised the formulation that made the journal one of these renowned and important good fortune. images & cartoons.

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She couldn't make up her mind to leave, she was feeling good and tired. But in the end it was not even eleven when she left. I went right to bed because my evening had been full, however short it may have been. I realized that solitude does not exist for us as long as someone we love, even though they be somewhere else well beyond our reach, is feeling alone at the same time. The feeling of solitude would therefore seem to be basically a reflexive phenomenon that only strikes us when emitted back to us by people we know, and most often by people we love, whenever they enjoy themselves socially without us.

Of most public institutes. The building has space for over four hundred guests. Under the increasingly oppressive escort of the guide who had initially gotten us in, we departed and decided, once we were finally alone again, to stop in at some pivnaia [alehouse] that was featuring evening entertainment. As we were entering, there were a few people at the door struggling to cart off a drunk. The room was not that large or crowded, and people were sitting alone or in small groups over beers. We took seats fairly close to the plank stage, whose backdrop consisted of a charming blur of meadow with a hint of a ruin that seemed to be dissolving into air.

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