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JEAN SHEPHERD Kid Stories, Early Toil Intro, “Paperboy”– & (118) ARTSY Cloth, Bone, Feathers

Not many youngsters can brag about delivering newspapers and being a renowned worm king and also selling cherry bombs and Roman candles.  These are three good stories describing early jobs Shep had. Shepherd accomplishes one on his bike, one in his basement, and one at his old man’s fireworks stand.  Between seeing Shep fling the news from a moving delivery vehicle in one story, and observing his sale of lethal rocketry in another tale, we learn how to cultivate worms for fun and profit—and even to become their friend.  (Note: Worms may turn some people off, but I consider this one of Shepherd’s best kid stories–it’s worth pursuing!)

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Paperboy Skirmishes

There’s a lot of reasons why I’m such a bad person.  I think one of the basic reasons is that I spent three years of my life as a paperboy, from about ten to thirteen years old.  Delivering papers every morning and night on a bike.  Ain’t nothin’ that will teach you about life, L-I-F-F-F-triple E, quicker, more conclusively, more deeply, more solidly, than to have a good paper route for a while right at the very most plastic period of your life.

Everybody has his own little satisfactions, whether you’ve got a job out there or you’re going to school.  Man falls into this very early.  You start this as a kid.  If you get your assignment done just before it is to be handed in, this is a great satisfaction.  Maybe you have your notebook in especially good order.  These are all basic little things which are never talked about, which are private.

Well, as a newsboy, one of the great satisfactions is when you have difficult shots when you’re throwing papers.  A really difficult shot and you try different ways to throw it.

Part 1 of Paperboy Story. Stay Tuned.

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Cloth, Bone, etc.

AMAZON BABY CARRIER

The little dangling pieces are bone, incised with decorative patterns.

As the mother moves, the pieces clink against each other, making

gentle, jangly, soothing sounds to amuse the baby.

Three early-20th c. mantas on furniture

(the two Picassos and the Henry Moore aren’t originals),

and pre-Columbian cloth doll.

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