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Mince Pie

Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

1. 00 - Instructions
2. 01 - On Filling an Ink-Well
3. 02 - Old Thoughts for Christmas
4. 03 - Christmas Cards
5. 04 - On Unanswering Letters
6. 05 - A Letter to Father Time
7. 06 - What Men Live By
8. 07 - The Unnatural Naturalist
9. 08 - Sitting in the Barber's Chair
10. 09 - Brown Eyes and Equinoxes
11. 10 - 163 Innocent Old Men
12. 11 - A Tragic Smell in Marathon
13. 12 - Bullied by the Birds
14. 13 - A Message for Boonville
15. 14 - Making Marathon Safe for the Urchin
16. 15 - The Smell of Smells
17. 16 - A Japanese Bachelor
18. 17 - Two Days We Celebrate
19. 18 - The Urchin at the Zoo
20. 19 - Fellow Craftsmen
21. 20 - The Key Ring
22. 21 - 'Owd Bob' - Chapter 1 - Introduces Our Hero
23. 22 - 'Owd Bob' - Chapter 2 - Our Hero Begins a Career
24. 23 - 'Owd Bob' - Chapter 3 - In Which Our Hero Darts Off at a Tangent
25. 24 - 'Owd Bob' - Chapter 4 - Our Hero's Book and Heart Shall Never Part
26. 25 - 'Owd Bob' - Chapter 5 - Further Oscillations of Our Hero
27. 26 - 'Owd Bob' - Chapter 6 - Our Hero Finds a Steady Job
28. 27 - The Apple That No One Ate
29. 28 - As To Rumors
30. 29 - Our Mothers
31. 30 - Greeting to American Anglers
32. 31 - Mrs. Izaak Walton Writes a Letter to Her Mother
33. 32 - Truth
34. 33 - The Tragedy of Washington Square
35. 34 - If Mr. Wilson Were the Weather Man
36. 35 - Syntax for Cynics: A Grammar of the Feminine Language
37. 36 - The Truth at Last: An Extract From Martha Washington's Diary
38. 37 - Fixed Ideas
39. 38 - Trials of a President Traveling Abroad
40. 39 - Diary of a Publisher's Office Boy
41. 40 - The Dog's Commandments
42. 41 - The Value of Criticism
43. 42 - A Marriage Service for Commuters
44. 43 - The Sunny Side of Grub Street
45. 44 - Burial Service for a Newspaper Joke
46. 45 - Advice to Those Visiting a Baby
47. 46 - Abou Ben Woodrow
48. 47 - My Magnificent System
49. 48 - Letters to Cynthia 1: In Praise of Boobs
50. 49 - Letters to Cynthia 2: Simplification
51. 50 - To An Unknown Damsel
52. 51 - Thoughts on Setting an Alarm Clock
53. 52 - Songs in a Shower Bath: Hot Water and Cold Water
54. 53 - On Dedicating a New Teapot
55. 54 - The Unforgivable Syntax
56. 55 - Visiting Poets
57. 56 - A Good Home in the Suburbs
58. 57 - Walt Whitman Miniatures, Part 1
59. 58 - Walt Whitman Miniatures, Part 2
60. 59 - Walt Whitman Miniatures, Part 3
61. 60 - On Doors

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Summary

Mince Pie is a compilation of humorous sketches, poetry, and essays written by Christopher Morley. Morley sets the tone in the preface: "If one asks what excuse there can be for prolonging the existence of these trifles, my answer is that there is no excuse. But a copy on the bedside shelf may possibly pave the way to easy slumber. Only a mind "debauched by learning" (in Doctor Johnson's phrase) will scrutinize them too anxiously."