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Mirth of a Nation: The Bext Contemporary Humor (Contributor)
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Kurt gives an overview of the book:

Seriously Funny Writing By Today's Most Celebrated Authors At last, a premier showcase of fifty-four great literary humorists and masters of the journalistic jab, the social spoof, the parodic proof, the satire, the tirade, and the send-up. Here are those "last laughs" and "wit's end" pieces everyone turns to first but then loses in back issues of favorite magazines and newspapers, including: Merrill Markoeon Networking with angels Garry Trudeau on re-retranslating Madonna David Sedaris on reviewing school Christmas Plays John Updike on cross-dressing with J. Edgar Hoover Also included are riotous contributions from Henry Alford, Jon Stewart, and David Ives, as well as millennial maxims by Mark O'Donnell, gardening advice by Mertensia Corydalis, and highlights from Randy Cohen's savvy "News Quiz." Brought to you by The Thurber House
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Seriously Funny Writing By Today's Most Celebrated Authors

At last, a premier showcase of fifty-four great literary humorists and masters of the journalistic jab, the social spoof, the parodic proof, the satire, the tirade, and the send-up. Here are those "last laughs" and "wit's end" pieces everyone turns to first but then loses in back issues of favorite magazines and newspapers, including:

  • Merrill Markoeon Networking with angels
  • Garry Trudeau on re-retranslating Madonna
  • David Sedaris on reviewing school Christmas Plays
  • John Updike on cross-dressing with J. Edgar Hoover

Also included are riotous contributions from Henry Alford, Jon Stewart, and David Ives, as well as millennial maxims by Mark O'Donnell, gardening advice by Mertensia Corydalis, and highlights from Randy Cohen's savvy "News Quiz."

Brought to you by The Thurber House

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About Kurt

Kurt Andersen is author of the critically acclaimed bestselling novels Turn of the Century, (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and Heyday. In addition, he is host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning public radio show Studio 360,...

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Published Reviews

Mar.11.2008

It perhaps strikes anyone who has read an ambitious historical novel — and certainly strikes anyone who has had the audacity to try to write one — that the enterprise represents the triumph of hope over...

Mar.11.2008

Kurt Andersen's new novel, Heyday, is 620 pages of exuberance over the birth of modernity in a young America. Like his last book, Turn of the Century, Heyday is fueled by manic energy,...