Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing and Writers, by James Thurber

By James Thurber

James Thurber spent so much of his occupation on the New Yorker journal, drawing cartoons and writing essays and tales. Collecting Himself is a different compilation of James Thurber's classic writings, that includes formerly unanthologized articles, essays, interviews, experiences, 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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The vodka burned Varygin's m outh. He puckered his face at the sight of the pickle and refused. The blacksm ith also took a d rink and ate his half of the pickle. "S o -o -o ," he said with satisfaction, screw ing up his cunning eyes under their bushy, faded eyebrow s. "So you are the lead­ ers; we are the producers. That's how it is, heh-heh. " He carelessly joggled the half-full bottle in his hand, and they drank again. "F o r some it's a fu n e ral, and for others a w edding. " said the old man.

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T h is is what I wanted to ask y o u ," she went on, untying her shawl. "Is it right, what they are doing to us? This year we planted seventy-four hectares of hem p. No sooner had it started to bloom than the spring grains w ere ripe. W e wanted to reap the grain and leave it in sheaves, but they told us to thresh it and bring it in right aw ay: procurem ents. So you see what happened? It's thirty-nine versts from here to the graincollection station. There are two ferries, and then you have to wait at the grain elevator.

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