Title: Dagger of the Mind
Author: Kenneth Fearing
Cover artist: "Galdone" (signature, lower right)
Estimated value: $15-20
- Weird. That dagger of the mind looks a lot like an actual dagger.
- The artist was right to stab this painting. It's terrible.
- Art colonies were a weird source of fascination for pulpy writers of the '40s-'50s. There was probably some presumption of casual nudity and free love, although Zombie Veronica here looks well and properly dressed.
- "Bye bye, painting. I'll miss you."
- OK, that's a pretty persuasive first sentence. I like the idea of her husband running at her with a dagger and her just ... stepping aside. Like some weird torero.
- "Need more be said?" Yes, it need. It need be more said.
- That little sketch of the woman is pretty pathetic, but these endpapers are pretty boss!:
I said, rubbing my head, "Don't ask me riddles. I want some borscht, shaslik, and about two quarts of iced coffee."
Hey, that's *my* hangover remedy. Wait, what's "shaslik"? Sounds like something Mork would say to Orson.
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