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The Joker: A Memoir by Andrew Hudgins
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The Joker: A Memoir

by Andrew Hudgins

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This book...is not for the easily offended. Jokes are everywhere, but there is also analysis behind the jokes and humor as a whole. Coming from a dysfunctional family, reading this book made my day! ( )
  summers1630 | Apr 21, 2013 |
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Though I've been a serious poet, a student of poetry, and a teacher of poetry for forty years, I can't recite from memory ten consecutive lines of William Btler Yeats, Shakerspeare, Emily Dickinson, or even Robert Frost, about home I'm writing a book.
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"Since Andrew Hudgins was a child, he was a compulsive joke teller, so when he sat down to write about jokes, he found that he was writing about himself--what jokes taught him and mistaught him, how they often delighted him but occasionally made him nervous with their delight in chaos and sometimes anger ... This book is both a memoir and a meditation on jokes and how they educated, delighted, and occasionally horrified him as he grew"--… (more)

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