Any Day

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Henry Mitchell wrote for the Washington Post from the early 1970s to 1991. He was best known for his gardening columns, some of which have been gathered in two beloved books, The
Essential Earthman and One Man’s Garden. In addition to his gardening columns, Mr. Mitchell also wrote feature stories and for years had a general interest column that appeared on Fridays under the title Any Day. This book collects the most enduring of those brilliant ...

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Overview

Henry Mitchell wrote for the Washington Post from the early 1970s to 1991. He was best known for his gardening columns, some of which have been gathered in two beloved books, The
Essential Earthman and One Man’s Garden. In addition to his gardening columns, Mr. Mitchell also wrote feature stories and for years had a general interest column that appeared on Fridays under the title Any Day. This book collects the most enduring of those brilliant columns. Henry
Mitchell was a bit of a curmudgeon. He had an eye for cant and an even sharper eye for the deeper truths of reality. Never pompous, his columns were frequently hilarious. He could make you cry, he could make you weep and he could catch you up in the midst of a busy, confusing day and make you pause and reflect: Hey, look at this! He will make you feel good about being a flawed human, and he will even make you think that mortality isn’t so bad.

Readers who have enjoyed The Essential Earthman and One
Man’s Garden will thrill to discover their favorite author’s additional accomplishments as they are represented in this lovely book. The illustrations are by Susan Davis, a gifted Maryland artist whose work accompanied many of Henry’s columns during the 1980s and 1990s.

Indiana University Press

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Mitchell, who died in 1993, was a columnist for the and author of two gardening books. This collection of whimsical general interest columns and feature stories ranges broadly over subjects both ridiculous and sublime. Includes b&w illustrations. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253333087
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Mitchell, who died in 1993, was a long–time columnist for the Washington
Post and the author of two famous gardening books, The Essential Earthman and One Man’s
Garden.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface
Do-It-Yourself 1
Patriotism and Dumas Malone 4
Mouse Encounters of the First Kind 8
Hubbub in the Pew 10
A Cure for the King 15
Hound Cures 18
The Quality of Food 21
Miss Furbish's Lousewort 24
Hank as Hero 28
Prudence 32
They Took Their Stand 35
Courage 42
The End of Chivalry 45
Goodbye, Little Sheba 50
The Lure of Klondikes and Cheetos 53
Self-Praise and Ruin 56
Song and Spirit 60
The Reality of Images 63
Story Telling and History 65
Lincoln, Mozart, and the Mysteries of Art 68
Religious Passions 71
Bus Drivers 75
Savagery and Science 79
What Men Want for Christmas 83
When a Little Girl Dies 86
French Studies 89
Democracy in Ancient Greece 92
Life's Comedy of Errors 96
Surviving English Food 100
Dragonflies 104
What Love Is About 108
Letting Every Dog Have His Museum 112
E. B. White 115
The World's Horrors 119
A Few Words about Syllables 121
Snapshots 124
Advice 127
Of Destiny and Departure 130
Commencement Primer 133
The Normandy Cemetery 138
Survival, and What It Doesn't Mean 141
All the King's Men 145
The Eternal Rigors of Democracy 148
Individual Rights 151
Giving Donkeys Their Due 154
Dreams of Summer at Home 159
Conservation 162
The Nature of Greatness 165
Ties and Things 168
On Jimmy Swaggart 171
Drop Me Down in Mississippi 174
Our Republic for a Horse 176
Spiritual Revival 180
To Hell in a Hand Basin 183
Seer Suckers 186
American Summer 189
Olympic Torch 192
More Advice 195
Silencing the Neigh-Sayers 198
American in Paris 201
Art and the Common Man 204
Buckingham 207
Why the Bear Slides Down the Hill 210
Tripping on the Mother Tongue 214
The Razor and the Raucous Scene 217
Gentlemen and Scholars 220
Wallowing in Sweet Swelter 223
Jim the Wonder Dog 226
Shuddering at the Mere Thought 229
Bushy-tailed Symbol of the Nation 232
On the Curse of AIDS 235
Putting Technology in Its Place 238
Wonder Bread 241
Heroes 244
Tidbits Dropped from the Table 248
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