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Seldes discusses a comic act by Sam Levinson, in which he jokes about progressive education. He also mentions a quip made by Dinah Shore. Seldes seems to be a supporter of progressive education. This leads to a discussion of people's willingness to believe rumors or jokes as fact.
He then discusses an Indian friends perception that the picture of the American woman in literature is wholly negative, she wondered if this portrayal was accurate or the result of authors who do not provide an accurate portrayal of all.
Seldes uses the example of the portrayal of Victorian woman to illustrate that writers do not write accurate accounts, rather they create "types."
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70605
Municipal archives id: LT7558