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Joanne Lafler
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I'm an independent historian and biographer, also a wife, mother, and grandmother
I'm an independent historian and biographer, also a wife, mother, and grandmother

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Wonderful quote from  Sabina (played originally by Tallulah Bankhead) in "The Skin of Our Teeth," which I have seen --- not with Bankhead, alas! You saw "Our Town" recently. Is that what sparked your interest in Wilder?
The book I finished today: Thornton Wilder, Three Plays.

A collection of Wilder's three best known plays, Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Matchmaker (the basis for the musical Hello, Dolly!), with a preface where Wilder explains some of his ideas about the theater. Somehow I never got around to seeing or reading any of these plays before now.

“I can't invent any words for this play, and I'm glad I can't. I hate this play and every word in it.
“As for me, I don't understand a single word of it, anyway,—all about the troubles the human race has gone through, that's a subject for you.
“Besides, the author hasn't made up his silly mind as to whether we're all living back in caves or in New Jersey today, and that's the way it is all the way through.”
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