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Posted by Jason Diamond The oldest known person on Earth died yesterday. If S.J. Perelman hadn’t died in 1979, he would be 107-years-old today — and still wouldn’t be the oldest living person on the planet. He’d be about seven years younger than the person who took over for the former record holder. All of that is unnecessary preface, but for some reason, seemed important.
It was sort of a coincidence that I stumbled upon the fact that S.J. Perelman was born today in 1904 (he died in 1979), but going and checking out his Wikipedia page wasn’t — it’s something I usually do when I find out it’s the anniversary of someones birth or death. With all this talk about “comic novels“, I’ve been getting more and more interested in reading older humor pieces, and have taken a serious interest in Perelman’s work. Considering […]