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Notes on an Idle Excursion (January 1878)
by Mark Twain
As part of a four-installment travel series, Mark Twain shared his thoughts on the island of Bermuda.

Der Arme Dolmetscher (July 1955)
by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
In 1955, Kurt Vonnegut, then a General Electric employee and an aspiring novelist, recalled an episode from his Army days.

The Porcupines in the Artichokes (October 1959)
by James Thurber
James Thurber offered advice to those in the unfortunate position of having to entertain writers at dinner.

Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father (February 1997)
by Ian Frazier
In a 1997 manifesto, Ian Frazier, author and father of two, laid down the law on behalf of fathers everywhere.