Posted late Sunday night, August 12, 2018.
For some reason I have never been able to fathom, this passage from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Jailbird” cracked Pop Mannion up…
I had a whimsical idea: I thought of calling the secretary of the treasury, Kermit Winkler, a man who had graduated from Harvard two years after me, and saying this to him: “I just tried out to of your dimes on Times Square and they worked like a dream. It looks like another great day for the coinage!”
Interestingly, another of Pop’s favorite novels was “Herzog” by Saul Bellow, which is about man consoling himself for his troubles and sorrows as his life falls apart by writing letters he never sends to famous and important people. dead friends and living enemies, former students and soon to be former colleagues, and anyone else he can think of. As town supervisor and then president of the county historical society, Pop got his fair share of letters and email from cranks. I wonder if he dreamed of paying the crankiness forward and writing such letters himself.