Saturday, June 26, 2010
A Thurber Memoriam For Pippin
Pippin did not bite people - well, maybe a little nip now and then - but she was quite reminiscent of the Airedale in Thurber's short story The Dog That Bit People. The text is put online from the Ohio Historical Society.
It is gratifying to know that Keith Olbermann has caused a surge in Thurber sales by reading some of his short stories aloud on Countdown. As a bonus, I'm sure it will do Olbermann good. I don't link to the videos of these readings because I don't like his rendition. Mine is better, or at least it was fifteen years ago. Tracy has suggested I reprise one of the Thurber's when Ben visits this summer, so that Kyle can share in a family tradition long dormant. Perhaps, but I might lean more to divvying up the roles of Tom Stoppard's "After Magritte," (another tradition), or some Monty Python routines.
Here is an actual picture of Muggs, BTW, who does indeed look like a dog that would suddenly turn on you.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 10:53 PM