‘It is a strange force that compels a writer to be a humorist…’

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It is a strange force… that compels anyone to be a writer at all…The writer’s way is rough and lonely and who would choose it while there are vacancies in more gracious professions, such as, say, cleaning out ferryboats?

Dorothy Parker in the Introduction to The Most of S.J. Perelman Methuen 2001.

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