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James Thurber: Writings & Drawings (including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    Superb, even tho' only a selection

    Garrison Keillor has put together a representative, and blessedly thick, selection of Thurber's work. The drawings are, of course, superb, and there's not a bit of fat on them. If it's not in this collection, it's not one of Thurber's best drawings. Now, the prose is a different matter. How could Keillor avoid weeping while leaving out so much good stuff? What about his writings on soap opera, and 'The Gentleman is Cold' and 'The Ordeal of Mr. Mathews' and....But no doubt base considerations of profit entered into the matter. You could, and should, just buy all of Thurber's works. But if you just want a selection, here you are--it's a good one.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    Daydreams Do Come True ┬┐The Secret Life of Walter Mitty┬┐ is a b

    Daydreams Do Come True

    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a book for dreamers, lovers and the momma’s boy in all of us. I lived at home until I was a vine-ripened 27, so believe me I can relate to James Thurber’s Mitty. And I’ve always been a fond of a good daydream. Let’s see what comes to me now:

    I’m a powerful land baron with an eye patch. Nay, a feudal samurai lord. No, I’m an oil tycoon. Fabulously rich, silver-haired, steely-eyed and what’s this? I’m in turbulent fight with my lover, no my sister, no my lover and her vengeful son. He has gun. So do I! This tension is terrifying. Daydream continued in the next paragraph.

    Where was I? Ah yes, the daydream. Now, I’m a young man. A prospector trying to hit it rich. Do I? Yes! This is my daydream, of course I’ll hit it rich. Black gold. The farm is saved. I am more lost in this daydream than any I have ever had. It’s spellbinding. It’s tear-jerking. Spine-tingling. There are plots upon plots upon plots. It twists, it turns. It’s a veritable roller coaster ride of goddamn emotion. This is by far the most powerful daydream I’ve ever experienced. It feels like an eternity, yet no time has passed. I am exhausted.

    And now, I have a confession to make. That was no daydream. That was me experiencing in both words and pharmaceutical hallucinations, the broad plot of my dramatic novel “The Spoils of Babylon,” set to air on IFC, this very January the 9th, 2014. Adapted, directed, casted and colored in full Breath-Take-o-Scope™ by yours truly. I do apologize for my surreptitious diatribe, but I must admit, I can scarcely contain my excitement. After more than 40 years and literally thousands of edits (two editors died), the hour is upon us. And it shall be no mere daydream.

    Oh, and read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” sometime, it’s a delight.

    Finest regards,

    Eric Jonrosh, author, “The Soils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January 9th, 2014

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