An acquaintance recommended a writing book to me.

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee. I was quite entertained to read, on the very first page, some very good family friends mentioned (the aforesaid Austrian couple).

At dinner one night, Otto Heiden recounted to me why Hitler made such headway so fast. I paraphrase, "After the war (WWI), economic conditions were such that we were keeping warm by lining our clothes with newspaper." Later, in college after a particularly heavy snowstorm (near Buffalo, NY), I tried using this technique underneath my jeans, and it indeed worked very well. But it took two showers and a lot of scrubbing to get the comic imprints off my calves.

It remains a very useful method of cheap windproof warmth to this day. But I stick to b/w print. No comics!