The Algonquin Wits: Heywood Broun Completes a Questionnaire

“One morning, finding a self-analysis questionnaire on his desk, Broun included some of the questions in that day’s column:

What is my occupation? Newspaperman.’

‘Am I making a success of it? There seems to be a decided difference of opinion.’

What is my character and reputation? Unreliable and charming.’

What do other men think of me? Unreliable.’

What do I think of myself? Charming.’

Am I cleanly? Very much so in the summer.’

‘Punctual? No.’

Courteous? To a fault.

Have I any object in life? Yes, I want to be a writer.’

‘Am I on my way? Not precipitately.'”

Excerpted from: Drennan, Robert E., ed. The Algonquin Wits. New York: Kensington, 1985.

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