Statesman, inventor, and humorist, Benjamin Franklin had an alter ego, Richard Saunders. It was this alter ego that would write the Poor Richard's Almanack. From the pithy sayings found in the many volumes of the almanack Franklin composed this story as a tongue in cheek digest of one old man who captured every bit of wisdom he could from Poor Richard and shared it liberally with an audience just before an auction.
"Falling", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Y'all Torture Me Home", by George Saunders; "Just the Facts, Ma'am", by Jill Lepore; "Nails Never Fails", by Ben McGrath; "April & Paris", by David Sedaris; "Oprah's World", by Nancy Franklin; and "Faraway Places", by David Denby.
"Up in the Air", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Free Betty Crocker!", by Mike Peed; "Downfall", by Jon Lee Anderson; "The Rainy Season", by Ben McGrath; "Geoff Sarkin Is Using Twitter!"; "After the Flood", by Nancy Franklin; and "Out of Reach", by Anthony Lane.
"The Lobby", by David Remnick; "Escapism Express", by Ben McGrath; "High-Water Marks", by Rebecca Mead; "The Unfriendly Skies", by James Surowiecki; "The Jefferson Bottles", by Patrick Radden Keefe; "Screwed Up", by Nancy Franklin; "Travelling Man", by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Eastern, Western", by David Denby
"Disarray This" by Hendrick Hertzberg; "Launching Mr. Whitehouse" by Ben McGrath; "Alice, Off the Page" by Calvin Trillin; "Triple Threat" by Nancy Franklin; and "Unsocial Studies" by Anthony Lane.