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Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
I will try to cram these paragraphs full of facts and give them a weight and shape no greater than that of a cloud of blue butterflies.
As a literary form, parody is a method of criticism that amuses as it derogates…it is a form favored by writers of the second and third rank, who take revenge on their betters by putting just the wrong words to just the right tunes.
The guns of the big events rumble through our pages, but the tiny firecrackers are constantly hissing and popping there as well; it appears that much of my life as a journalist has been devoted to sedulously setting off firecrackers.
The ingenuities we practice in order to appear admirable to ourselves would suffice to invent the telephone twice over on a rainy summer morning.
To die quickly in one's eighth decade at the very top of one's powers is an enviable end, and not an occasion for mourning.
It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention.
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Speak roughly to your little boy, And beat him when he sneezes; He only does it to annoy, Because he knows it teases.
October 4, 1914
December 27, 1997
Brendan Gill wrote for The New Yorker for more than 60 years. He also contributed film criticism for Film Comment and wrote a popular book about his time at the New Yorker magazine.
Here at The New Yorker (1975)
Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright (1987)
The portable Dorothy Parker (1944)
Late Bloomers (1996)
Lindbergh alone (1977)
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