The Algonquin Wits: Heywood Broun

“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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