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Fierce Pajamas - Selected Humor Writing from The New Yorker-logo

Fierce Pajamas - Selected Humor Writing from The New Yorker

David Remnick

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he described it as a "comic weekly." And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder's description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists of the modern era-among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, George S. Kaufman, James Thurber, S. J. Perelman, Peter De Vries, Mike Nichols, Marshall Brickman, Woody Allen, Donald Barthelme, Calvin Trillin, George W. S. Trow, Veronica Geng, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., Bruce McCall, Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and Paul Rudnick. This anthology gathers together, for the first time, the funniest work of more than seventy New Yorker contributors. Parodists take on not only writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, but TV documentaries, Italian cinema, and etiquette books. (Enough have been published, Robert Benchley maintains, "that there should be no danger of toppling over forward into the wrong soup, or getting into arguments as to which elbow belongs on which arm.") Other pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex. Such well-loved sketches as Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" take their place alongside light-hearted essays on food, tennis, and taxis, and flights of fancy that follow an apparently simple premise to the point of no return, and sometimes well beyond. Here you will find large insights (Woody Allen: "Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage") and hard-earned wisdom (Ian Frazier on dating your mom: "Here is a grown, experienced, loving woman-one you do not have to go to a party or a singles bar to meet, one you do not have to go to great lengths to know"). And, not least, a great deal of helpful advice, including Steve Martin's on memory and middle age: "Bored? Here's a way the over-fifty set can easily kill a good half hour: 1. Place your car keys in your right hand. 2.

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he described it as a "comic weekly." And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder's description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists of the modern era-among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, George S. Kaufman, James Thurber, S. J. Perelman, Peter De Vries, Mike Nichols, Marshall Brickman, Woody Allen, Donald Barthelme, Calvin Trillin, George W. S. Trow, Veronica Geng, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., Bruce McCall, Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and Paul Rudnick. This anthology gathers together, for the first time, the funniest work of more than seventy New Yorker contributors. Parodists take on not only writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, but TV documentaries, Italian cinema, and etiquette books. (Enough have been published, Robert Benchley maintains, "that there should be no danger of toppling over forward into the wrong soup, or getting into arguments as to which elbow belongs on which arm.") Other pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex. Such well-loved sketches as Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" take their place alongside light-hearted essays on food, tennis, and taxis, and flights of fancy that follow an apparently simple premise to the point of no return, and sometimes well beyond. Here you will find large insights (Woody Allen: "Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage") and hard-earned wisdom (Ian Frazier on dating your mom: "Here is a grown, experienced, loving woman-one you do not have to go to a party or a singles bar to meet, one you do not have to go to great lengths to know"). And, not least, a great deal of helpful advice, including Steve Martin's on memory and middle age: "Bored? Here's a way the over-fifty set can easily kill a good half hour: 1. Place your car keys in your right hand. 2.
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When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he described it as a "comic weekly." And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder's description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists of the modern era-among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, George S. Kaufman, James Thurber, S. J. Perelman, Peter De Vries, Mike Nichols, Marshall Brickman, Woody Allen, Donald Barthelme, Calvin Trillin, George W. S. Trow, Veronica Geng, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., Bruce McCall, Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and Paul Rudnick. This anthology gathers together, for the first time, the funniest work of more than seventy New Yorker contributors. Parodists take on not only writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, but TV documentaries, Italian cinema, and etiquette books. (Enough have been published, Robert Benchley maintains, "that there should be no danger of toppling over forward into the wrong soup, or getting into arguments as to which elbow belongs on which arm.") Other pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex. Such well-loved sketches as Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" take their place alongside light-hearted essays on food, tennis, and taxis, and flights of fancy that follow an apparently simple premise to the point of no return, and sometimes well beyond. Here you will find large insights (Woody Allen: "Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage") and hard-earned wisdom (Ian Frazier on dating your mom: "Here is a grown, experienced, loving woman-one you do not have to go to a party or a singles bar to meet, one you do not have to go to great lengths to know"). And, not least, a great deal of helpful advice, including Steve Martin's on memory and middle age: "Bored? Here's a way the over-fifty set can easily kill a good half hour: 1. Place your car keys in your right hand. 2.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Henry Finder, Patrick Frederic, Chris Gannon

Length:

6h 2m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

25:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

00:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:55