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Harpo Speaks!, by Harpo Marx, with Rowland Barber

Harpo Speaks!, the autobiography of Harpo Marx, is a delightful book by a delightful man.

Harpo (he was born Adolph; in his adulthood he had his name legally changed to Arthur, at roughly the same time that he informally became Harpo) comes across as a fun-loving, gentle, caring person, the kind of person you would want in your life. 2,227 more words

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"Let us cultivate our garden"*...

In the late 1880s, cigarette manufacturers began inserting stiffening cards into their paper packs of cigarettes to strengthen the containers. It wasn’t long before they got the idea to put artwork, trivia, famous people, and pretty girls onto those cards, grouped into collectible series.

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Making of a Magazine

Before we jump into the autumn issues of 1925, I want to briefly look back at The New Yorker’s first summer, when the magazine limped along week to week but managed to survive thanks to a fortuitous meeting between Harold Ross and Raoul Fleischmann during a bridge game. 505 more words

The New Yorker Magazine

Logrolling on West 44th

In a previous post I briefly looked at the Algonquin Round Table–writers, critics, artists, some of them New Yorker contributors–who had been exchanging witticisms over lunch at the Algonquin Hotel since 1919. 749 more words

The New Yorker Magazine

Algonquin Round Table Begins

The Algonquin Round Table begins meeting in June of 1919. This group of New York City writers originally started as a joke, with members of the “Vicious Circle,” as they called themselves, meeting for lunch daily at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until about 1929. 102 more words

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In Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, late June, 1917…

…newlywed New Yorkers Heywood Broun, 28, and Ruth Hale, 30, have just arrived on their honeymoon. He’s reporting on the war for the New York… 208 more words

In Manhattan in mid-summer of 1915…

…New York Tribune writer FPA [Franklin P. Adams, 33] is searching for material for his daily column, “The Conning Tower.”

It appears that his loyal readers stuck with him after he got kicked off… 174 more words

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