The Library of America’s “Story of the Week” this week ( org/) is Ring Lardner’s famous “Haircut,” a kind of dramatic. Haircut has ratings and 21 reviews. Lemar said: If you’ve ever stuck up a conversation in a small town diner with a seemingly innocuous local telling. Nine years later, Lardner would feature the same character, “mindless chatter and all,” in his most well-known and anthologized story, “Haircut.”.

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Moreover, “He said Paul had told him about the joke Jim had played on Julie. But it wasn’t fifty-fifty.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Jim would set himself down in that big lardneg, nearest the blue spittoon. A barber regales a customer with stories about some of the characters in his small town. He’s a mighty handsome young fella and his clothes always look like he has them made to order. Now Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle Click cover to go to Amazon and read the Introduction and first chapter.

Reading the Short Story: Ring Lardner’s “Haircut”–Library of America’s “Story of the Week”

He said Paul had told him about the joke Jim had played on Julie. Paul hadn’t never handled a gun and he was nervous. Either I am lax in my attention to the literary genre I have devoted my life to studying, or else the literary lines of communication betw The barber wants to tell of Jim Kendall, who has recently died, “We ain’t no New York or Chicago, but we have pretty good times.

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I also enjoyed the narrator, he seemed to actually like Jim, but was not all that surprised with what happened to him. She didn’t show up here on Main Street for a long, long time afterward. He’d send him to the White Front Garage for a left-handed monkey wrench.

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I just charge three dollars because personally I don’t mind much shavin’ a dead person. Only he’d of said bean instead of head. I ain’t no mind reader, but it was wrote all over her face that she was gone. When he was alive, him and Hod Meyers used to keep this town in an uproar. Feb 09, Arun rated it did not like it. He was, when he worked, a travelling salesman for a canning factory whose hobby was to note the names and addresses as he rode the train through other small towns; he would then write postcards to these strangers, signed “A Friend,” with messages like “Ask your Missus who kept her from gettin’ lonesome the last time you were in Carterville” or “Ask your wife about that book agent that spent the afternoon last week,” relishing such mean tricks without bothering to know the outcome of them.

Written in colloquial American English. Yet the appeal to the reader is a double one: Once fired, Kendall takes an occasional odd job, while laedner wife supports the family—just barely—with dressmaking, not divorcing him in hopes that he will straighten out and get a job again.


He certainly was a card! Jonathan Yardley, in his authoritative biography of Ring Lardner, mentions a newspaper column by Lardner that appeared on January 6, Jim thought a lardneer and then he said, well, he guessed a half-wit was hxircut than nothin’.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Next mornin’, I hadn’t been open more than ten minutes when Doc Stair come in. And Jim’s is the cup next to Charley’s. He wanted what he couldn’t get. The reader becomes as morally implicated in the death as the barber and the townspeople by accepting what was obviously their use of the young man Paul to rid themselves of a troublemaker and prankster that they hated and feared.

Haircut (short story)

Stair who has just come to town. He hangs around the barbershop frequently, and as the barber’s recollections unfold—this eulogy that will condemn—it becomes clear that Kendall is both an alcoholic and unemployed. I been fired from my job.

Stylistically irritating; not terribly original. I guess he paid more attention to playin’ jokes than makin’ sales.