From today’s Writer’s Almanac:

Many people thought [Oscar] Wilde was ridiculous. But his lecture tour did well in surprising places, like the rough mining town of Leadville, Colorado, where the miners loved him, and he enjoyed himself, as well. It was there in Leadville that he saw a sign at the local saloon that said, “Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.” Oscar Wilde later said that it was “the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across.”


2 thoughts on “

    • Oscar tends to say things well. (We are on a first name basis.) I have heard that his last words were, “Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.” Could be a myth, but I choose to believe it.

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