Humor

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Why does Star Wars speak to billions? Studio heads hated it. The actors thought it ridiculous. George Lucas feared catastrophe.

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“What is missing from Doublespeak, what would have made it worthwhile today, would be a reworking to compare doublespeak . . . from the 1980s to today.”

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A standup comic, according to Kliph Nesteroff’s interviewee Dick Curtis, was given its name by the mafia.

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Aging and death are inevitable, but it doesn’t mean one must accept it gracefully.

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Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz is an interesting comic memoir of living in New York as a poor, desperate, and whiskey-addicted comic artist trying to make it.

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Common wisdom has it, I think, that, word for word, quip by quip, writer/producer/actress Tina Fey is our leading candidate for modern-age version of Dorothy Parker.

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Cultures around the world celebrate the concept of living to achieve a good death. A writer can have a life that makes for as engrossing a story as any tale he or she could invent.

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“Stick to the fundamentals, that's how IBM and Hilton were built . . .

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The Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset by Caitlan Kuhwald is an absolutely fantastic book for adults and children alike.

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It may not seem as if sonnets and pop songs would go together, but Didriksen proves quite well that they do.

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Things I’ve Said to My Children by Nathan Ripperger is an attractive gift book with lovely illustrations that will make a nice baby shower gift for some.

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Jane McGonigal has been acclaimed for decades for her theories in gaming and the value of games in relation to positive psychology and problem solving; however, it wasn’t until 2009, when she suffe

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“This is an archeological dig into the American mindset.”

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“If you have a penis, know a penis, or would like to get to know one—pick up this book and read it!”

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“Mr. Braly: Man up. Stop spreading gossip about your family. Start protecting your sons [and] Show some respect for the woman who made their existence possible.”

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“Friendkeeping is a Hallmark card of a book.”

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“‘Friendship might be free, but it requires a real investment.’” —Julie Klam

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“This is simply a collection of incidents Mr. Green seems to believe are ‘dumb,’ when many are simple errors.”

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“Funny, informative, and irreverent, Me, My Cells, and I is perfect bedtime reading for a recently diagnosed prostate cancer patient—no matter what stage of disease is involved.”

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“Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a funny, thoughtful, and extremely well-crafted book.”

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“John Hodgman is a juggernaut of funny!”

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“This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert’s signature ‘truthiness’ seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms.