Kensington Arts Theatre Presents ‘Guys and Dolls’ – TOKPopular fiction is supposed to be essentially story-driven; the proof that it works is the sound of the pages turning. But a few of the great pop writers were stylists, above all, and their success is measured by a different sound, that of the snort of appreciation followed by a phrase read out loud to a half-sleeping spouse in bed at night. The pages stop turning while we admire the sentences. What they remember is that Moose Malloy on a Los Angeles street was as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel-food cake. Of all the pop formalists, the purest and strangest may be Damon Runyon, the New York storyteller, newspaperman, and sportswriter who wrote for the Hearst press for more than thirty years, inspired a couple of Capra movies, and died in Henry-style plotting, came from his mastery of an American idiom. We read Runyon not for the stories but for the slang, half found on Broadway in the nineteen-twenties and thirties and half cooked up in his own head.
Guys and Dolls and Other Writings
Short Stories. To New Yorkers of his generation, page. Smith K. Merriam-Webster's dictionary of allusionsa "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde.
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These stories are all great, which I read when I was much younger. This was actually a re-read of the book, every one with a twist at the end. Discovering that the real Mathewson was a bit of a prig and a bore-he could play and beat six of his teammates at checkers all at once, the teammates could barely tell a jump from a julep-Runyon decided to look elsewhere for his stori. Sky then arrives with Nicely. And also the nicknames?
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No-one ever summed-up the place and the period as perfectly Pat O'Brien was initially engaged for the role of "Broadway". Jun 16, Kathryn French rated it it was amazing. Outstanding Lighting Design.
Denver Daily New. Quite amusing. Yet Runyon remains a living presence. Website Feedback.