Quentin Crisp

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    Quentin Crisp, 90, author of the 1968 book THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT, has
died.
    This is from the obituary in today's New York Post, pg. 12, col. 5:

    Crisp coined several famous one-liners, including: "If at first you don't
succeed, failure may be your style" (The W. C. Fields second half of this was
better, IMHO--ed.), and "Never keep up with the Joneses; drag them down to
your level.  It's cheaper."

     The New York Times obituary contains the line I remember:

      "...the man asked me, 'Are you a practicing homosexual?'  And I said I
didn't practice.  I was already perfect."

      I sort of did some more work on "gay."  I live on East 57th Street, and
the American Psychological Association is on East 58th.  I found out that
they don't have a library there, but they have one in Washington.  I went to
the APA in Washington (opposite Union Station), but the library had no useful
archives from the 1930s and 1940s.  I was given the number of the Archives in
the History of Psychology at the University of Akron.  Now, I've been
directed somewhere else...
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