Humor

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Art and Arcana offers glorious illustrations, fascinating backstories, and the occasional painful misstep of a franchise entering its 40th year.”

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“Philosophy for the functionally illiterate.”

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“Throughout his moviemaking career, Hughes relentlessly worked the Hollywood system to fuel his ego, his libido, and his ambition, but in the end, he was undone by his own paranoia.

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A good superhero needs a great storyline to make an impression on his/her readers.

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Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are often cited as “couple goals” for their 18-year relationship.

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Over the past four decades, international soccer has served as a vehicle for those in charge of it to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars in under-the-table payments and bribes.

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There is no question that Robin, the new biography by culture reporter David Itzkoff, is comprehensive and well researched, a tour de force about the life of comedian Robin Williams.

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Paul Simon: The Life is not an autobiography but it might as well be. Simon sat for more than 100 hours of interviews with respected writer Robert Hilburn and made it possible for Hilburn

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Reviewers can’t seem to get enough of Middleton’s Double Vision.

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“Heavey is a master of the comedic non sequitur and has a fine-tuned sense of the overall absurdities of the human condition.”

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“this isn’t the usual tearjerker cancer story. It is a gleefully offensive cancer story. It is the Blazing Saddles of cancer stories.”

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“one can only hope that many more writers will tackle the methodology of untruth—well beyond Conway’s technique—during this bizarre and perilous political era.”

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There is a good book lurking within this well-meaning jumble of anecdotes and once-boldface names.

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“of vital importance.”

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The Sarcasm Handbook expands Lawrence Dorfman’s already very considerable range beyond his bestselling series on Snark.

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My eighth grade English teacher had our class write autobiographies based on our imagined lives as adults. In mine I recounted my exciting careers as a TV comedy writer, actor, and U.S. Senator.

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Fans of Paula Poundstone’s dry humor and offbeat view of the world should enjoy her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.

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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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