Friday, February 6, 2015

Take my brother. Please.

Siblings 4 Sale, Hardly Used
 “I was allowed to play, I guess you would say, on [my father’s] typewriter at a very early age. My mother kept scrapbooks of everything any of her children did all their lives, and among my scrapbooks are newspapers that I wrote on the typewriter at the age of six, The Hersey Family News, with ads offering my older brothers for various kinds of hard labor at very low wages.”

—John Hersey (1914-1993), journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “John Hersey, The Art of Fiction No. 92,” The Paris Review, 1986  

Editorial Comment: Selling siblings is a time-honored tradition in the best families. I once thought I’d sold my sister, but she was returned.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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