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  • Rationale of the Dirty Jokeby G. Legman

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 15.99

    Why do people tell dirty jokes? And what is it about a joke's dirtiness that makes it funny? G. Legman was perhaps the foremost scholar of the dirty joke, and as legions of humor writers and comedians know, his Rationale of the Dirty Joke remains the most exhaustive and authoritative study of the subject. More than two thousand jokes... more...

  • The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monsterby Bobby Henderson

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    CAN I GET A “RAMEN” FROM THE CONGREGATION?! Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson, the universe and all life within it were created by a mystical and divine being: the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What drives the FSM’s devout followers,... more...

  • Everything Is Wrong with Meby Jason Mulgrew

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.19

    “People who grow up like this tend to become agoraphobics, serial killers, or really funny writers. Mulgrew, I think – hope? – is the last of these three things. His stories of childhood made me laugh out loud.” — Rob McElhenney, star, creator, and producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “The somewhat alarming, always interesting world inside... more...

  • Mark Twain's Library of Humorby Mark Twain; Steve Martin; Roy Blount; E.W. Kemble; Washington Irving

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 19.00

    Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires by forty-three of Twain's... more...

  • It Looked Different on the Modelby Laurie Notaro

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 13.99

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Everyone’s favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is just trying to find the right fit, whether it’s in the adorable blouse that looks charming on the mannequin but leaves her in a literal bind or in her neighborhood after she’s shamefully exposed at a holiday party by delivering a low-quality rendition of “Jingle Bells.”... more...

  • Still Complainingby Jim Foster

    Dundurn 2001; US$ 7.99

    Another collection of columns by popular humourist Jim Foster. more...

  • Humor in Contemporary Junior Literatureby Julie Cross

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 48.95

    In this new book, Julie Cross examines the intricacies of textual humor in contemporary junior literature, using the tools of literary criticism and humor theory. Cross investigates the dialectical paradoxes of humor and debunks the common belief in oppositional binaries of ‘simple’ versus ‘complex’ humor. The varied combinations of so-called high... more...

  • The Post Office Lady with the Dragon Tattooby Laurie Notaro

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 0.99

    I had been dreading this day for more than a year.   Everyone’s favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is very close to wearing out her welcome in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Just a year ago, she was eighty-sixed from the local satellite post office for buying too many two-cent stamps (“The post office lady looked at me like I had just asked her... more...

  • Notes On Democracyby H.L. Mencken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 12.95

    [Democracy] is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man... It is based on propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true... H.L. Mencken, America's greatest journalist and critic, wrote... more...

  • Comedyby Henri Bergson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    Henri Bergson — Laughter George Meredith — An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher      Laughter is a mystery—a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... more...