“The taste for exploiting the private lives of those who have rendered themselves in any way famous is becoming more and more confirmed in America… the coarseness and injustice of the personal details appearing in our press have already disgraced us and the civilized world.”
— Ada Clare, “Thoughts and Things,” Saturday Press (New York, N.Y.), April 21, 1860, quoted in Bad Scarlett (2017) by Deborah C. Pollack, an excellent read
From The Lost Lions (2011) by Edward Gorey
“I always go into the Persian Room after 4 to see my friend Bill
He is a busboy in the night and goes to school in the day and
his eyes water
Here’s where he’s been
Here’s where I’ve been
— From Eloise (1955) by Kay Thompson with drawings by Hilary Knight
“It was little Michael Master who detected, first of all,
That his great enormous father was becoming very small;
Now I never knew the reason, but I fancy that he shrank
Because of all the Indian ink that Mr. Master drank.”
— From The Little Father by Gelett Burgess, first published in 1899; this image from the edition published in 1985 with illustrations by Richard Egielski.
Sumo wrestler checks his mail box, with sincere thanks to Candi Strecker.