Writers Laughing: A Jacke Wilson Gallery

Peace on earth, good will to all…and a photo gallery of great writers caught in the act of laughing.  Happy holidays!

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Writers Laughing: Georges Simenon

Simenon! The creator of Maigret! (How I love those little books.)  And…perhaps the most dedicated pipe-smoker of all time. Here’s the problem with pipe smoking for the Writers Laughing series. There are millions of pictures of Simenon posing for the camera thoughtfully with his pipe. And even when the pose is natural, it tends to be of other people laughing, and Simenon merely chuckles so his pipe doesn’t fall out of his mouth. You know he’s laughing. But he’s not really laughing.

So what to do? How about finding him with a baby? That’s always good! Babies make people laugh!


D’oh! There’s that pipe again. Baby smoking a pipe? Sure, it’s a little funny, if we go back a half-century. But it’s not exactly right for our series. Let’s try another baby:


There we go! Of course! And if the baby failed, there’s always the superstar to help us out:


Yes, that’s Josephine Baker. Simply awesome.

Image Credits: L’Illustré via trussel.com (first three); happyphoton.de (Baker)