The Fippanys*

Author Barry Benefield Tortures the Inveterate Reader

The Story is pecked out on a wheezy Remington by the long Emergency Man (reporter retained for odd jobs) in the city room of The New York Morning Star. After the last copyreader has gone home, before dawn and the scrubwomen have come, he stays there alone, writing the story of his life. You quickly get the impression that the Long Emergency Man (his name is Jim Pickett) is rather a fine person, very gentle and whimsical, very hopeless, aging, wistful. The...

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