From the time A. introduced this volume — 1936’s How to Worry Successfully by one David Seabury — into our home, I knew it was the book I had been looking for my whole life. I had worrying down, but was always trying to stop. Maybe I was doing it wrong? From the preface:
Again and again people have asked me: “What do you mean by ‘successful’ worry? Isn’t it always harmful?” And the answer is: “No.”
Unfortunately, that’s as far as I’ve gotten.
This is a page from the July 1953 issue of Prevue, a pamphlet-sized celebrity rag. This issue includes the cover line “Foreign Films: Visitors or Invaders” and a story titled “Thumb Wrestling — Hollywood’s Newest and Craziest Craze.” But Alexandra Ringe — who will soon join us on Google+ — spotted this image as the real winner.
So what do you think? WIWDLA?
WHY THEY CRIED
"... demonstrates real insight into the way we live now."
"Reminiscent of George Saunders and James Thurber, Why They Cried is a great collection of modern tales."
–Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and co-founder of One Story
"Jim Hanas has a remarkable talent for imagining and crafting uncanny little worlds that make me vaguely nervous. And yet I never want to leave."
–Rob Walker, co-founder of Significant Objects
"A tender and smart assembly of fiction about people trying to communicate—with each other, the world—and all the ways they fail. Fail better, fail beautifully."
–Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance
Jim Hanas is the author of the short story collection Why They Cried (Joyland eBooks/ECW Press) and director of audience development at HarperCollins Publishers.