A macabre anecdote about torture

….St Laurence, who was burned to death on a gridiron, is the ‘patron saint of cooks – and, less obviously, comedians’. I imagine the association with both professions arises from a story which has Laurence…..coolly advising his executioners:

I’m done on that side. You can turn me over now.’

David Hall, Barcelona

Letters · LRB 4th March 2021

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