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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Jim Holt

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Title:Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes
Authors:Jim Holt
Info:W. W. Norton (2008), Edition: illustrated edition, Hardcover, 160 pages
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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes by Jim Holt (2008)

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This is a cute and informative little book about the evolution and history of the joke. I thought it would have been boring and dry but was actually enlightening and interesting. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
This is a cute and informative little book about the evolution and history of the joke. I thought it would have been boring and dry but was actually enlightening and interesting. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Amusing essay stretched into a whole book the way you stretched papers in high school and college - lots of empty spaces and illustrations. ( )
  giovannigf | Sep 4, 2011 |
i really enjoyed this. it's very much only a dabble into the history and theory of the joke, but it's wonderful for all that - holt is an engaging, entertaining writer and does a good job of cutting through historical and philosophical baggage to make his arguments. plus, you know, it's very funny

i'd like to read a more in depth work on the history of the joke, but for the moment this a lovely little starter on the subject. highly recommended ( )
  irkthepurist | Jul 11, 2010 |
A brief lucid overview of some theories of jokes. It is somewhat more superficial than I expected (and shorter) given the amount of attention the book received when published. Those interested enough to have already delved into the subject are unlikely to find much new, though they might like the reminder. It is like a very good article in a magazine of general interest for an intelligent reader. The great virtue of the book, besides the casual and clear style and good common sense of the author, is that the the jokes are actually funny. A rare occurrence among books about the theory of humor; there is such a thing as valuing irony too highly.
2 vote Capybara_99 | Oct 31, 2008 |
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Haec enim ridentur vel sola vel maxime
quae notant et designant turpitudinem
aliquam non turpiter.


An indecency decently put is the thing we laugh at hardest.

-Cicero
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393066738, Hardcover)

In the fine tradition of On Bullshit comes this outrageous, uproarious compendium of absurdity, filth, racy paradox, and mature philosophical reflection.

Stop Me If You've Heard This is the first book to trace the evolution of the joke from the stand-up comics of ancient Athens to the comedy-club Seinfelds of today. Cropping up en route are such unforgettable figures as Poggio, a Renaissance papal secretary and sexual adventurer; and Gershon Legman, the FBI-hounded psychoanalyst of dirty jokes. Having explored humor's history in part one, Jim Holt then delves into philosophy in part two. Jewish jokes; Wall Street jokes; jokes about rednecks and atheists, bulimics and politicians; jokes that you missed if you didn't go to a Catholic girls' school; jokes about language and logic itself—all become fodder for the grand theories of Aristotle, Kant, Freud, and Wittgenstein. A heady mix of the high and the low, of the ribald and the profound, this handsomely illustrated volume demands to be read by anyone who has ever peered into the abyss and asked: What's so funny?

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"Stop Me If You've Heard This is the first book to trace the evolution of the joke all the way from the stand-up comics of ancient Athens to the comedy-club Seinfelds of today. Cropping up en route are such unforgettable figures as Poggio, a Renaissance papal secretary and sexual adventurer who set up a joke factory in the Vatican, and Gershon Legman, the FBI-hounded psychoanalyst of dirty jokes who invented the slogan "Make Love Not War."" "After exploring humor's history in part one, the irreducible Jim Holt delves into philosophy in part two. Jewish jokes; Wall Street jokes; jokes about lesbians and violists, rednecks and atheists, bulimics and politicians; jokes that you missed if you didn't go to a Catholic girls' school; jokes about language and logic itself - all become fodder for the grand theories of Aristotle, Kant, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Among the mysteries examined is why the cerebral pleasure of a joke should issue in a spasmodic discharge of nervous energy through the facial and respiratory muscles - that is, in laughter."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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