A “four-button mongoose”?

Lenny Bruce

The comedian Lenny Bruce tested the boundaries of what was considered free speech in the 1960s. He is having a resurgence. Credit Dove/Getty Images

The Times described Mr. Bruce in 1959 as “a four-button mongoose” imbued with a streak of moral indignation. “The kind of comedy I do isn’t, like, going to change the world,” Mr. Bruce said in the interview. “But certain areas of society makes [sic] me unhappy, and satirizing them — aside from being lucrative — provides a release for me.”

(Laura M. Holson, “Lenny Bruce Is Still Talking Dirty and Influencing People,” NYTimes, 10-13-18)

(c) 2018 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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