6.28.2012

Deranged cowboys & Defiled office workers - wonderful!

From Letters of Note, a brilliant letter from a reader of the "whimsical" column "Trade Winds" in the Saturday Review in 1964:

Winnipeg, ManitobaCanada 
July 30, 1964 
Dear Mr. Fuller: 
I was struck (lightly) the other day by the following wonder: if lawyers become disbarred, and priests unfrocked, how might people in other paths of life be read out of their profession or calling? 
It occurred to me then that electricians get delighted, and musicians possibly denoted. If these assumptions are correct, surely it follows that cowboys must be deranged, that models are deposed, and judges are obviously distorted. A medium who loses her license is dispirited, and it seems only poetic justice that a Far Eastener who is banished is disoriented. 
I could go on and on, but I don't want to overload the mail handlers. An office worker who can't cope may, alas, become defiled.  
Yours sincerely,  
Marian Forer


ps.  I've known some lovely defiled office workers.

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