Saturday, April 30, 2011

Siggy and Sam

Maybe I knew this and forgot it: Freud once went to see Mark Twain give a reading. Does everybody know this already? Sorry! I just read about it in one of Freud's footnotes to CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS. Twain presented "a delightful little story, 'The First Melon I Ever Stole.'" Freud's report goes on: "After he had given out the title, he stopped and asked himself as though he was in doubt: 'Was it the first?' With this, everything had been said." I like that because it shows Mark Twain doing a little joke at his reading and Freud getting a kick out of it. All right! Let's write a terrible two-character off-Broadway show about it.