From the Publisher
“The laughs start with the title and never stop.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.”—Washington Post
“Some names in this collection elicit laughter upon mention—Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker, E. B. White—but meet some new voices—Simon Rich on free-range chicks, Noah Baumbach on his last relationship in the form of Zagat reviews.”—Chicago Tribune, Editor’s Choice
“[Spans] decades of brilliant lunacy. . . . Warning label: Guffaws are a side effect of ingesting Disquiet.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“Stellar indeed. . . . One of the joys of this collection is seeing how the writers approach a seemingly innocuous idea, then stretch it, shake it and bake it into something completely ridiculous and hilarious.”—Toronto Star
This anthology follows the 2001 publication of Fierce Pajamas, the first collection of humorous pieces from The New Yorker. Familiar humorists from earlier generations, such as E.B. White, S.J. Perelman, and James Thurber, are joined by more contemporary writers like Calvin Trillin, Garrison Keillor, and Steve Martin. The emphasis, however, is on newcomers of the past few years, including such notables as Yoni Brenner and Larry Doyle. Remnick and Finder, editor and editorial director, respectively, of The New Yorker, use 14 categories to group the pieces, which are generally tongue-in-cheek or full of parody and make you smile, chuckle, or laugh out loud. Not all may be to your taste, but there is enough variety to have wide appeal. With takeoffs on Aesop's fables, Donald Rumsfeld, how to operate a cell phone, and, dear to librarians' hearts, how to cite materials, this title will be a good addition to your collection. Recommended especially for public libraries.