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  • ... I suggest looking up S. J. Perelman. Writer of both Horse Feathers and Monkey Business for the Marx Brothers, he has a style which, though stemming from a completely different worldview, reminds me delightfully of HST.

    _Crazy Like A Fox_, if you can find it, puts together some of his very best essays.

    With only two hours in Chicago I would be unable to see the city, and the thought drew me into a state of composure. I noted with pleasure that a fresh coat of grime had been given to the Dearborn Street station, though I was hardly vain enough to believe that it had anything to do with my visit. There was the usual ten-minute wait while the porters withdrew with my portable typewriter to a side room and flailed it with hammers, and at last I was aboard the "Sachem," crack train of the B.B.D.& 0. lines...


    And you were cruel," I said.

    "I'm sorry," he added Quigley.

    "Why did you add Quigley?" I begged him. He apologized and subtracted Quigley, then divided Hogan. We hastily dipped the slices of Hogan into Karo, poured sugar over them, and ate them with relish.