(I’m changing my schedule from M-W-F to Tu-Th-Sat, so Wednesday Miscellany is now Thursday Miscellany.)
This story was a submission to a contest in St. Nicholas magazine. Even if you don’t read it as an allegory of a doomed WWI soldier–and it’s hard not to–it seems way too good to have been written by an eight-year-old. I Googled Edgar Pangborn, and it turns out that he went on to become a science fiction writer who was one of the founders of the “humanist” school and served as an inspiration to Ursula Le Guin.*
Oh, how sweet! My boyfriend killed someone!
In case you thought, like I did, that Don Draper made up “It’s toasted” in 1960.
And finally, a harlequin and a ballerina on Rita Senger’s April 1918 Vanity Fair cover.
*He’s going to be hard to top as the youngest person I run across in My Year in 1918 who will go on to later fame.