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simon has written 539 posts for readersvoice.com

The Shadow by Vince Kelly p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few samples from out of print books. Some of these are well worth finding and are at least as good as a lot of books out there today, fiction and non-fiction. One of the best things about the biography The Shadow by Vince Kelly, published 1954, is that it gives […]

The Shadow p2

Frank Fahy was a shadow for 22 years… He rode what looked like a battered motorcycle with a side car advertising lawn mower repairs. It was in fact a high speed bike used for surveillance and pursuit of cars. Other times he disguised himself as a vagrant with a bottle, or a vendor selling fruit […]

The Shadow p3

In The Shadow by Vince Kelly, the story of the Canadian robber Cameron Bean continued.,, Frank Fahy followed the robber and his teenage wife around Sydney. He rode on the ferry with them, to the harbourside beaches of Watson’s Bay and Nielsen Park. Bean hired a car from a service station near the Grosvenor and […]

Written Humour, 1936 p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few samples from interesting old books. Usually they’re out of print and sometimes forgotten, but they still have a lot of juice left in them.  Written Humour, by A. A. Thomson, was published in 1936, when there were a lot of humor magazines around.  He writes: modern life has brought […]

Written Humour, 1936 p2

Here’s are some more samples from Written Humour by A. A. Thomson, which is a 1936 book published by A and C. Black, London. Mr Thomson talks about wit. He writes: Wit is to humour what salt is to meat. It is a thing of flavour rather than of substance and, mainly relying  for its […]

Written Humour, 1936 p3

Some more samples from Written Humour by A.A. Thomson, published 1936 by A. and C. Black Ltd, London. Mr Thomson says that for writing humorous articles, the best material is the ordinary lives of the people around you, of things that are “irritating, amusing, interesting, boring, delightful, exasperating”. He writes: An English visitor to New […]

Humor from Jewish folklore p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give a few samples from out of print and sometimes forgotten books. Here are a few shorter gags from A Treasury of Jewish Folklore. It’s a 740 page collection of all sorts of stories, collected by the author, Nathan Ausubel.  Some of these gags have been recycled in different forms through the […]

Humor from Jewish folklore p2

Some more gags from A Treasury of Jewish Folklore by Nathan Ausubel, originally published 1948. At the very least it should be required reading for anyone interested in learning about comedy… Superfluous “Which is more important, the sun or the moon?” a citizen of Chelm asked his rabbi. “The moon, of course,” replied the rabbi. […]

Humor from Jewish folklore p3

Some more samples from A Treasury of Jewish Folklore, by Nathan Ausubel. These are from Part 3 of the book: The Human Comedy… Courtesy to a Customer A dog dashed into the village butcher shop and ran off with a chunk of meat between his teeth. Thereupon, the butcher grabbed his meat cleaver and, brandishing […]

The day a B-17 landed in Sandgate, 1942 p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to give some samples from interesting old books. These are usually out of print and sometimes forgotten books. Sandgate was a still a quiet seaside town in 1942, although officially it was a suburb of Brisbane. A Boeing B–17, or Flying Fortress, brought some excitement when it made an emergency landing on the […]