Disquiet, Please!: More Humor Writing from The New Yorker

Disquiet, Please!: More Humor Writing from The New Yorker

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by David Remnick, Henry Finder
     
 

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The New Yorker is, of course, a bastion of superb essays, influential investigative journalism, and insightful arts criticism. But for eighty years, it’s also been a hoot. In fact, when Harold Ross founded the legendary magazine in 1925, he called it “a comic weekly,” and while it has grown into much more, it has also remained true to…  See more details below

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The New Yorker is, of course, a bastion of superb essays, influential investigative journalism, and insightful arts criticism. But for eighty years, it’s also been a hoot. In fact, when Harold Ross founded the legendary magazine in 1925, he called it “a comic weekly,” and while it has grown into much more, it has also remained true to its original mission. Now an uproarious sampling of its funny writings can be found in a hilarious new collection, one as satirical and witty, misanthropic and menacing, as the first, Fierce Pajamas. From the 1920s onward–but with a special focus on the latest generation–here are the humorists who set the pace and stirred the pot, pulled the leg and pinched the behind of America.

S. J. Perelman unearths the furious letters of a foreign correspondent in India to the laundry he insists on using in Paris (“Who charges six francs to wash a cummerbund?!”). Woody Allen recalls the “Whore of Mensa,” who excites her customers by reading Proust (or, if you want, two girls will explain Noam Chomsky). Steve Martin’s pill bottle warns us of side effects ranging from hair that smells of burning tires to teeth receiving radio broadcasts. Andy Borowitz provides his version of theater-lobby notices (“In Act III, there is full frontal nudity, but not involving the actor you would like to see naked”). David Owen’s rules for dating his ex-wife start out magnanimous and swiftly disintegrate into sarcasm, self-loathing, and rage, and Noah Baumbach unfolds a history of his last relationship in the form of Zagat reviews.

Meanwhile, off in a remote “willage” in Normandy, David Sedaris is drowning a mouse (“This was for the best, whether the mouse realized it or not”).

Plus asides, fancies, rebukes, and musings from Patty Marx, Calvin Trillin, Bruce McCall, Garrison Keillor, Veronica Geng, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others.

If laughter is the best medicine, Disquiet, Please is truly a wonder drug.


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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.
—Gina Kaiser

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“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
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588368034
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/18/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
694,081
File size:
3 MB

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David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.

Henry Finder is the editorial director of The New Yorker.


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Disquiet, Please!: More Humor Writing from The New Yorker 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just checked this out from my local library but I'm gonna go ahead and buy this one. It's just too damn good to not own. Frank Gannon's "Donald Rumsfeld Orders Breakfast at Dennys" is a riot.
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