Containing Multitudes Since 2004
From a 1949 issue of Time: The shifting tides of social acceptance were charted in the 1950 edition of Manhattan's Bowery Social Register (also known as The Almanac de Skid Row), blue book of U.S. hoboes. Blue-penciled out this year by Bowery News Editor Harry Baronian: Crown Prince Bozo, for conduct unbecoming a hobo; Frisco John, for abusing people who turned him down for a handout; Buffalo John, for taking a dental bridge from the mouth of a sleeping companion. In this year: Prince Robert de Rohan Courtenay, for inventing a new poetic medium called Pling Plong; Box-Car Betty, ex-hula dancer and snake charmer, for research indicating that the flavor of a cigar is enhanced if dipped occasionally in beer; Harvardman ('11) Joe Gould, perennial Greenwich Village drink-cadger and author of an uncompleted 9,000,000-word book (An Oral History of Our Time), for turning out a new couplet: In the winter I'm a Buddhist/In the summer I'm a nudist.
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