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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Okay, we already looked at numbers 10 through 6. Let’s take a look at the top five from our very popular Writers Laughing series. Away we go!
Number 5: Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving
Number 4: Samuel Beckett
Number 3: Flannery O’Connor
Number 2: George Orwell (this was close – he was overtaken on the final day!)
And the number 1 Writers Laughing are…
Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir!
Congratulations, winners! Now everyone, let’s all try to make laughter part of our day today. Come on! We can do it!
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What can I say about the Writers Laughing series? It’s hugely popular and it’s not hard to see why. We all love books, we all love authors, we all love seeing them in their unguarded moments. And laughter is a beautiful thing. I suppose I’ve posted about 30 or so of these. Time for a top ten!
Number 10 (tie): Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers
Number 9: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Number 8: Seamus Heaney
Number 7: Lorrie Moore
Number 6: Alice Munro (with special guest Margaret Atwood)
That’s it for now…bask in the happy mood and check back for the top 5!
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A grainy photograph but the personality comes through nevertheless.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Stein was stern. Photo after photo, the same expression. Dour. Fierce. Almost combative.
But that’s not good enough for us, is it? We like laughing writers!
And… here we go!
Yes! Of course! The little dog on her lap (or maybe it’s the one up by her head)? One of them is making her laugh!
And here’s a bonus photo. Not quite a laugh, but…
That happy face is certainly thanks to the baby. WHO IS JACK HEMINGWAY. Ernie’s boy.
What a great day. Love Gertrude. Love her even more when she’s laughing. Happy Monday, people!
Okay, the degree of difficulty is off the charts for this one. This is a man who agonized over politics and the English language. Who loved England and democracy but spent his life fighting against oppression and tyranny and the dangers of lazy thinking.
Laughing? George Orwell was shot in the throat while fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Come on, Jacke. You really think you can find a picture of him laughing?
Well, here we go:
Laughing! Right? Okay, maybe it’s no Ray Bradbury…his life was harder, and…
Wait…you don’t believe me? You think that’s just a smile? What are you accusing me of, reader? You think I’m trying to sneak one past you?
Reader, we have a good thing going! Don’t you trust me?
Fine, fine. I’ll give you my evidence. That picture above is taken from THIS picture: Continue reading
Another curious one. Knowing these two, my guess is that they despised each other 99.99 percent of the time.
But in that other .01 percent …
…big laughs for everyone!
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Lorrie Moore laughing? I doubt it! She makes other people laugh, with her caustic observations and acid puns. I doubt you’d ever see much more from her than a bitter half-smile, a knowing eyebrow lift, maybe an amused and slightly sinister glint in her eyes…
Oh no. Oh no no no no no. What are you doing, guy in plaid jacket? Approaching her while she’s signing books? Leaning over to say something? Back off, Mr. Plaid! Haven’t you read her work? Don’t you know who you’re dealing with? She eats guys like you for breakfast… so wait… what are you… Continue reading
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