“Reading newspapers had turned out to be one of the habits, like gum chewing, that have no really deep hold; people found they could take them or leave them alone.”
—A.J. Liebling (1904-1963), writer, “No Papers,” in “The Wayward Press” column, The New Yorker, 1945
• Editorial Comment: Of course, this was before texting and tweeting.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
Into the Woods
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