The Mariposa Barbershop | Sunshine Sketches


Stephen Leacock

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Tonight, we’ll read an excerpt from the 1912 book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, from a chapter called “The Speculations of Jefferson Thorpe”.

You won’t need to listen to the first episode in order to listen to this episode, as they are non-sequential vignettes. However, if you would like to find the first episode in this series, it aired on August 23, 2019.

This humorous and affectionate account of small-town life in the fictional town of Mariposa is inspired by the author’s experience living in Ontario, Canada. The book illustrates the inner workings of life in Mariposa—from business to politics to steamboat disasters.

In this vignette, we learn about the town’s barbershop, and the leisurely art of the afternoon shave. This episode first aired in September of 2020.