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January 28, 2009

American malady.

You were born an original; don't die a copy.

--John Mason

Forget about waitresses for a moment, even if you are traveling and have them on the brain. The above is via Susan Cartier Liebel on a recent e-mail to WAC? It caught our eye--as it gets to the point quickly. The writer Henry Miller (1891–1980) lent an angry and often hilarious voice to the same sentiment--he thought that Americans in particular were too desperately conformist and unwittingly sterile to live real life--but we can't print that here. However, Mason, who is still alive, has nailed it, and done so without Miller's venom. Miller is way more fun, though. And he knew how to write about working women in any profession.


Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzbühel Desk) at January 28, 2009 12:00 AM


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