Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker

Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker When Harold Ross Founded The New Yorker In , He Called It A Comic Weekly And Although It Has Become Much Than That, It Has Remained True In Its Irreverent Heart To The Founder S Description, Publishing The Most Illustrious Literary Humorists In The Modern Era Among Them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, James Thurber, S J Perelman, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, Calvin Trillin, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr Steve Martin, And Christopher Buckley Fierce Pajamas Is A Treasury Of Laughter From The Magazine W H Auden Called The Best Comic Magazine In Existence

Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998 He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000 Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post He has also served on the New York Public Library s board of trustees In 2010 he published his sixth book,

[BOOKS] ⚣ Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker By David Remnick –
  • Paperback
  • 528 pages
  • Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker
  • David Remnick
  • English
  • 03 April 2019
  • 9780375761270

10 thoughts on “Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker

  1. says:

    The sort of stuff that would give Oscar Wilde an erection, Fierce Pajamas An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New York collects some of the best short pieces published in this much revered publication through out its long life There are short stories, editorials and satire from E.B White, Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, Groucho Marx, Ogden Nash, James Thurber, Steve Martin, Garrison Keillor, Dorothy Parker, John Lardner, Phyllis McGinley, Jack Handy, and many Filled mostly with clever observations and delightful humor, the cerebral Fierce Pajamas can at times grind its ax a bit and the old rapier wit turns into of a snarky scimitar But I don t mind a little poking and prodding now and then, so this was right up myoh, I better not use the cliche alley , they d all scoff

  2. says:

    Humor writing is a tough market Funny means very different things to each one of us So, a good way of doing a humor book is like this build a reader remember learning from well worn readers in grade school of many varied styles and topics.This collection is wide ranging, going back to Dorthy Parker articles from the 1920 s to Steve Martin from a few years ago The array of writers gives it a cocktail party feel breezing from one wry smile to another winking eye.To be sure, this is grown up, savvy, whip smart wit I liked some than others A nice find from my living room old bookshelf I read this when it came out in 2001 it was right there where I placed it.

  3. says:

    good selection

  4. says:

    Fierce pajamas, according to E B White, refers to those garments worn to bed in this illness ridden plagued world, a world wholly unlike the vivacious livelihoods within the pages of a 1930s issue of Harper s Bazaar It is a lifestyle unattainable, writes White, without vast quantities of quinine on top of delirium Vogue is the good life, to make no mention of those portrayed within The New Yorker.What was considered early in its life as the quintessential American humour magazine, The New Yorker featured such classic writers as James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash Later, Woody Allen and Steve Martin saw fit to try their hand at writing for the magazine Sometimes, Upton Sinclair or John Updike would find his funny bone stricken by the styles or morals of his time, and fire off an unexpected piece of humourous writing The New Yorker has become than a humour magazine over the past several decades, but to have a hardbound collection of some of the greatest pieces to have appeared since its inception is a blessing Though not a perfect representation of the humourous prose which has appeared within the pages of the penultimate American magazine longer fictional pieces, for example, have been omitted, as have various snide and or snarky reviews of film, stage, book, or restaurant , it does present many moments of genuine levity.The book does, however, tend to rely a bit too heavily on Garrison Keillor style dinner humour, a presentation of Minnesotan life as filtered through the New York stereotyped vantage point Not everything is riotous, but it does entice a certain kind of bemusement from the majority of pieces within Presenting a zeitgeist of various decades Updike s lighthearted Kerouac spoof reads entirely unlike Ian Frazier s modern day advice on romantically dating one s mother, obviously , Fierce Pajamas also serves as an affluent American timeline of the 20th Century Several of the pieces merit rereading, as well as opposed to a throw away jokebook of contemporary devising.A great book for reading at night, filled with short pieces which can be read independently of the others or perhaps even a soft cure for Ainmosni.

  5. says:

    Talk about a mixed bag Any collection of humor is going to be received differently, but a collection of humor from across decades, some by professional writers, some by actors and some by outright nutjobs is going to have its pieces of genius and its utter flops Because this is an anthology of humor, the subject matter is all over the place Communication with the dead, miscommunication in the household, a real life affair with a literary character, an interview with a man who can only speak in cliches, a conspiracy to annoy an old man, even a one page poem about a self absorbed critic And sometimes you just have to wonder why a writer has three or four stories in here This is really a book to leave on your coffee table and let visitors flip through, to pick out an appealing story Very few people will want to read the entire thing, but everyone should get a chuckle from one part or another.

  6. says:

    This is a good sample of many great humorists, some of whom did their best work in the New Yorker It runs the gamut from classics like E.B White, James Thurber, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and S.J Perelman to recent works from Jack Handey yes, he is a real person , Garrison Keillor, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and even Noah Baumbach who has had a phantom career writing humor for the Shouts and Murmurs column in the New Yorker.In Fierce Pajamas I have also discovered the key to reading humor anthologies If an essay, poem, story, etc does not interest the reader within the first paragraph or two, he or she is allowed to skip to the next piece without guilt Humor is subjective, after all As Groucho Marx, who s also in here, once said, Well, all the jokes can t be good You ve got to expect that once in a while.

  7. says:

    Such a delight, such a fiercely enjoyable delight I suggest that everyone have at least one copy of this at their homes, for laughter and mirth is always in short supply in our moribund lives these days and this volume does one of the best jobs a book has done to liven your mood There are some outright classics, some you ve read elsewhere, some you ve seen adapted as a film and other such gems herein Go on, help yourself to generous dollops of wit and humour collected from the myriad editions of one of the best magazines that gets published anywhere in the world.

  8. says:

    Most of the pieces are pretty good Jack Handy has an especially Handy licious one A few are too dull to finish.Don t try to read this book cover to cover, unless you really, really like New Yorker humor I made it about 2 3 through over the course of a month before giving up.I think this is best suited for a bathroom book or a breakfast book when a couple of pieces are read at a time I checked this out from the library and did not have enough time to take it slowly.

  9. says:

    This was a wedding present to me from C, and I read it throughout our honeymoon I felt like a person of timeless, wood barreled taste and class, going back and reading pieces by James Thurber and E.B White Good stuff from the magazine s literary days is it me, or are 77% of their articles now about Chanel

  10. says:

    Contains very funny pieces by Steve Martin, James Thurber and Groucho Marx unfortunately, it also has some dated stuff and I was unable to relate Worth checking out of the ilbrary, which is where I stumbled upon it.

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