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Pipefuls

Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

1. 01 - On Making Friends
2. 02 - Thoughts on Cider
3. 03 - One-Night Stands
4. 04 - The Owl Train
5. 05 - Safety Pins
6. 06 - Confessions of a “Colyumist”
7. 07 - Moving
8. 08 - Surf Fishing
9. 09 - “Idolatry”
10. 10 - The First Commencement Address
11. 11 - The Downfall of George Snipe
12. 12 - Meditations of a Bookseller
13. 13 - If Buying a Meal Were Like Buying a House
14. 14 - Adventures in High Finance
15. 15 - On Visiting Bookshops
16. 16 - A Discovery
17. 17 - Silas Orrin Howes
18. 18 - Joyce Kilmer
19. 19 - An Early Train
20. 20 - Ridge Avenue
21. 21 - The University and the Urchin
22. 22 - Pine Street
23. 23 - Pershing in Philadelphia
24. 24 - Fall Fever
25. 25 - Two Days Before Christmas
26. 26 - In West Philadelphia
27. 27 - Horace Traubel
28. 28 - The Anatomy of Manhattan
29. 29 - Vesey Street
30. 30 - Brooklyn Bridge
31. 31 - Three Hours for Lunch
32. 32 - Passage from Some Memoirs
33. 33 - First Lessons in Clowning
34. 34 - House Hunting
35. 35 - Long Island Revisited
36. 36 - On Being in a Hurry
37. 37 - Confessions of a Human Globule
38. 38 - Notes on a Fifth Avenue Bus
39. 39 - Sunday Morning
40. 40 - Venison Pasty
41. 41 - Grand Avenue, Brooklyn
42. 42 - On Waiting for the Curtain to Go Up
43. 43 - Musings of John Mistletoe
44. 44 - The World's Most Famous Oration
45. 45 - On Laziness
46. 46 - Teaching the Prince to Take Notes
47. 47 - A City Notebook
48. 48 - On Going to Bed

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Summary

A delightful collection of 48 essays on various topics of the human condition that caught his fancy. Witty, insightful and funny of course and on occasion thought provoking and even disturbing. From the preface "These sketches gave me pain to write; they will give the judicious patron pain to read; therefore we are quits. I think, as I look over their slattern paragraphs, of that most tragic hour—it falls about 4 p. m. in the office of an evening newspaper—when the unhappy compiler tries to round up the broodings of the day and still get home in time for supper. And yet perhaps the will-to-live is in them, for are they not a naked exhibit of the antics a man will commit in order to earn a living? In extenuation it may be pleaded that none of them are so long that they may not be mitigated by an accompanying pipe of tobacco."