Nine years later, Lardner would feature the same character, “mindless chatter and all,” in his most well-known and anthologized story, “Haircut.”. The Library of America’s “Story of the Week” this week ( org/) is Ring Lardner’s famous “Haircut,” a kind of dramatic. Haircut has ratings and 21 reviews. Lemar said: If you’ve ever stuck up a conversation in a small town diner with a seemingly innocuous local telling.

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But they live seven miles out in the country, on the Streeter road. The poor boy was crazy about Julie and she lardnerr treated him mighty nice and made him feel like he was welcome, though of course it wasn’t nothin’ but pity on her side.

From Whitey’s stories it seems most of their “jokes” are either focused on their targets’ physical features like a big adam’s apple or are what harcut would consider “practical jokes. I don’t know how the news of this little affair leaked out.

Dec 07, Ritu rated it liked it Shelves: Still, Whitey characterizes Jim as a “card. Doc Stair and Julie are his only companions.

The lake where Jim and Paul had went shootin’ is on John’s place. Doc turned and walked out. Joe was an old friend of Pardner pa. Doc finds himself in a difficult position. This is an enjoyable short-story. He’d drop in here Saturdays and tell his experiences for that week.

haidcut For instance, they’s old George Purdy–but I guess I shouldn’t ought to be gossipin’. Eventually, our job will be to evaluate these evaluations. The poor cuckoo, as Jim called him, he was here in the shop one night when Jim was still gloatin’ yet over what he’d done to Julie.


How is this evident? And she didn’t know that we larrdner all noticin’ how many times she made excuses to go up to his office or pass it on the other side of the street and look up in his window to see if he was there. Without conducting an autopsy or convening a coroner’s juryand solely on the basis of Paul’s testimony, Doc immediately declared the death to be accidental, ending any chance of a later inquiry. Of course, he never knew what really come of none of these jokes, but he could picture what probably happened and that was enough.

I have submitted a proposal to a publisher and am waiting for a reply. Whitey has a motive for revenge or a motive to dislike Jim, but the motive to kill is difficult to prove.

Haircut (short story)

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical takes on the sports world, marriage, and the theatre. Old man Gregg was in the lumber business, but got to drinkin’ and lost the most of his money and when he died, he didn’t leave nothin’ but the house and just enough insurance for the girl to skimp along on.

Well, he’s got an Adam’s apple that looks more like a mush-melon.

He called Julie up on a night when he knew Doc was over in Carterville. A small town barber in an unnamed town near Carterville tells his customer who is new in the town about a Jim Kendall.

Haircut (short story) – Wikipedia

The circle of complicity is a fine subject for fiction. Publishing History Liberty I 28 March He said Paul had told him about the joke Jim had played on Julie. It was a Saturday and the shop was full and Jim got up out of that chair and says, “Gentlemen, I got an important announcement to make. The next day, Doc gets word that Jim had been shot and killed; Paul claimed that it was an accident due to his nervousness of not having hunted before.


Brooks, Cleanth and Robert P. A barber regales a customer with stories about some of the characters in his small town. Doc always keeps a night light in his office, so it looked to Julie like they was somebody there. As for the jokes Jim plays on Paul: So she finally had to tell the kids it was all off and they cried like they wasn’t never goin’ to stop. She’d of divorced him only they wasn’t no chance to get alimony and she didn’t have no way to take care of herself and the kids. The Chief Conspirator of ‘Haircut.

What is proffered as amusing is actually a scary tale about depravity and complicity.

Right in here, more than once, in front of the whole crowd, he said he was stuck on Julie and anybody that could get her for him was welcome to his house and his wife and kids included.

Notably, Doc tells Paul that someone who would pull such a prank “ought not to be let live”. He’d send him to the White Front Garage for a left-handed monkey wrench. Want to Read saving…. He tells the following story: Haircut was about a barber telling a story about a man named Jim.