My friend Bruce (Bruce and Buce, what a combo; no, I prefer Buce and Bruce) points out that the "etchings" epigraph at left is the caption for a James Thurbar cartoon from The New Yorker. He is right. My mother had a copy of The Thurber Carnival in the house and I saw the cartoon at the age of eight or nine at which age I was, of course, entirely uncomprehending.
Bruce also points out that I could by the right to use the cartoon fromt the copyright owners for an attractive price. He's right there, too, but I won't do it. I think it is time to change epigraphs pretty soon anyway-maybe I'll just go back to the one about the Revolution & the Firing Squad.