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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Suggests that the object of the satire in “Haircut” is not just Jim or the small town in which he lives, but it is the reader who so lradner condones such extreme punishment. Jim was a sucker to leave a new beginner have his gun, let alone a half-wit. And lwrdner why he’d came. Views Read Edit View history. Cervo posits that Lardner uses proper nouns as thematic puns “to reflect important themes in the narrative” of “Haircut;” and that by studying these, the reader can determine that Jim was a conspirator in his own murder suicide.

Sean rated it it was ok Mar 02, Jan 23, Keith rated it it was ok Shelves: He finally seen he wasn’t gettin’ nowheres with his usual line so he decided to try the rough stuff. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And Jim would say, “If Milt hadn’t of been so hoggish, he’d of ordered a half a cantaloupe instead of a whole one and it might not of stuck in his throat.

He certainly was a card!

Haircut (short story)

Paul wouldn’t have much to do with anybody only his own mother and Doc Stair and a girl here in town named Julie Gregg. It’s a cinch Doc went up in the air and swore he’d make Jim suffer. While the barber is talking about a person, he will jump to another person in his story right before he finishes talking about the last person.


Whitey has a motive for revenge or a motive to dislike Jim, but the motive to kill is difficult to prove. The “motive to kill” may also be overstated.

He fell out of a tree when he was about ten years old. He is summoned to Julie’s house when Jim forces his way in. The day of the circus, he told them he would get the tickets and meet them outside the entrance to the tent.

Ring Lardner and the Portrait of Folly. We want to get curious about the full motivation behind them. But she wouldn’t have nothin’ to do with him; wouldn’t even speak to him on the street. The barber lagdner keeps his shaving mug haircuy Jim’s demise.

So I’d be shavin’ Milt and when I’d start to shave down here on his neck, Hod would holler, “Hey, Whitey, wait a minute! He associates only with his mother, Doc Stair, and Julie Gregg.

It was tough on Julie as the young people round this town–well, she’s too good for them. But he said he was expectin’ an important long distance call and wouldn’t she please forget her manners for once and come to his office.

Whitey describes him as harmless and “silly”; Jim teases him for being “cuckoo” and sends him on prank errands. The Love Nest and Other Stories Now Jim Kendall, besides bein’ a jokesmith and a pretty good drinker, well Jim was quite a lady-killer. A small town barber in an unnamed town near Carterville tells his customer who is new in the town about a Jim Kendall.


Dec 07, Ritu rated it liked it Shelves: He said Paul had told gaircut about the joke Jim had played on Julie. Do they have anything in common? And Jim’s is the cup next haircht Charley’s.

It is at his farm that the shooting takes place.

One trick Jim had was the knack of changin’ his voice. Still, Whitey characterizes Jim as a “card. He promised to call and see her mother that same day. Everyone will tell you this, or something like it I guess, haircur there’s little use in my doing it.

Jim found this out afterwards and it was one reason why he had it in for Doc Stair.

Reading the Short Story: Ring Lardner’s “Haircut”–Library of America’s “Story of the Week”

Written in colloquial American English. You’d of thought it was a reserved seat like they have sometimes in a theaytre. Haircut was about a barber telling a story about a man named Jim.

Jim had a great trick that he used to play w’ile he was travelin’.

There’s his shavin’ mug, setting on the shelf, right next to Charley Vail’s. Join me on Twitter Follow CharlesCmay. He tells the following story:.

New Yorker, June 27, That was lagdner of his gags, callin’ head bean and callin’ crazy people cuckoo. When somebody comes in Doc Stair’s office, they’s a bell that rings in his inside office so he can tell they’s somebody to see him. I actually enjoyed the style of writing in this story as Larxner feel it really captured the time period and the small town atmosphere.