Tag Archives: Man in the Fictional Mode

Contrast: Thurber’s ‘The Night the Bed Fell’ vs. Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Night We All Had Grippe’

I stood in front of the Writer’s Workshop ready to pontificate my verbal bowel movement. It was ‘Pride Week’ so I was surprised that our four *gay* Writers were all at the Workshop. “What the hell are you guys doing … Continue reading

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The only known complete collection of the McDougal-Littell ‘Man’ Series

“Botendaddy, our collection of Vinyl LP’s and 45’s is excellent.” Also spraach die Boten-Daughter, to I, the aged wise Botendaddy, as she played Toccata and Fugue in D Major by Johannnn Sebastian Bach on the delicate Victrola. We stood in … Continue reading

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The Quest: 23 of 24 Volumes of the ‘Man’ Literary Series Acquired, One Remaining on Order

Ah Joy Littell and her marvelous series from McDougal, Littell. It still stands up even today. It’s still avant-garde today. It’s still risqué and a bit politically incorrect even today, but evenly so. If any of my readers should find … Continue reading

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Back to Writing: The Man Series

I walked down the long corridor of the great Mansion at Botendaddy Manor Estates, High above Olde Uniontowne on the ancient haunted plateau of House Utonic. One of the servants, the lowly, hirsute, deformed, groveling, possibly evil sidekick and laboratory … Continue reading

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Reviews: ‘Claudine’s Book’ by Harvey Swados and ‘Charles’ by Shirley Jackson

I stopped writing literary reviews for a while. I took down most of the reviews that I had written because I was getting stale. I had difficulty reading. Everything that I read was boring me into a vapid stupor. Do … Continue reading

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Review: Shirley Jackson ‘The Night we all had Grippe’

What an amazing short story. What a beautiful, lyrical piece of Americana. Originally published in Harper’s Magazine in the January, 1952 edition with a four-frame illustration. It was the lead story from ‘Man in the Fictional Mode’ Volume 2 from the wonderful … Continue reading

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Man in the Dramatic Mode

I hated school. I was bored. The coursework was uninspiring, until, one day in 1971 the ‘Man’ books appeared. Man in the Fictional Mode, Dramatic Mode, Poetic Mode and I think Expository mode. They were known as the Man Literature … Continue reading

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