You never can tell what the daily mail will bring in. The only certainty is that the new Zip code, the zone number, and other gestures toward automation have made it more and more difficult to get any given letter moved from here to there. All the new inventions to speed up mail have increased the time it takes for first class, but not necessarily first rate, letters to get from either coast to Iowa City or to go the other way. It used to take about two days. Now it takes from a week to sometimes as much as eleven days. So much for progress. I was reminded of it because a book arrived about two weeks after it had started, with plenty of time for incubating, between New England and Iowa City. It is called Medicated Fables, written and sent by Dr. Wassersug. Apparently he had been frowning
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