Wednesday, November 9, 2011
#Book #Review: The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion, Edited by Andy Borowitz - #humor
Oddly enough, readers of according to Andy Borowitz will quickly discover that only one of the writings of this superlative group included in the anthology seems to have been published prior to the 20th century. Although 11 of the writers were born in the 19th century, they don't seem to have gotten funny until the after the new century turned. It would seem that other than Mark Twain, who managed to be funny in 1879, Americans were too busy doing other things to be funny. Still, it may be somewhat curmudgeonly to voice any complaint about Borowitz' selections in light of the introductory essay in which he points out that it is really impossible to create a "funniest" list that will satisfy everyone, so he really didn't try. These are simply writings by writers who make him laugh. Besides, the only reason he even suggested the project was because "best of lists" were surefire money makers. In effect: don't complain, make your own damn list.
Book Review: The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion, Edited by Andy Borowitz - seattlepi.com
Posted by Lynnette Phillips at 11:07 AM