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Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker (2001)

by David Remnick (Editor), Henry Finder (Editor)

Other authors: Woody Allen (Contributor), Martin Amis (Contributor), Roger Angell (Contributor), Michael J. Arlen (Contributor), W.H. Auden (Contributor)73 more, Donald Barthelme (Contributor), Noah Baumbach (Contributor), Ludwig Bemelmans (Contributor), Robert Benchley (Contributor), Elizabeth Bishop (Contributor), Roy Blount, Jr. (Contributor), Andy Borowitz (Contributor), Marshall Brickman (Contributor), David Brooks (Contributor), Christopher Buckley (Contributor), Frank Cammuso (Contributor), Clarence Day (Contributor), Peter De Vries (Contributor), Larry Doyle (Contributor), H.F. Ellis (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Nancy Franklin (Contributor), Bill Franzen (Contributor), Ian Frazier (Contributor), Bruce Jay Friedman (Contributor), Polly Frost (Contributor), Frank Gannon (Contributor), Veronica Geng (Contributor), Michael Gerber (Contributor), Wolcott Gibbs (Contributor), Adam Gopnik (Contributor), Robert Graves (Contributor), Scott Gutterman (Contributor), Donald Hall (Contributor), Philip Hamburger (Contributor), Jack Handey (Contributor), L. Rust Hills (Contributor), George S. Kaufman (Contributor), Garrison Keillor (Contributor), Anthony Lane (Contributor), John Lardner (Contributor), Don Marquis (Contributor), Steve Martin (Contributor), Groucho Marx (Contributor), Bruce McCall (Contributor), Phyllis McGinley (Contributor), Charles McGrath (Contributor), Thomas Meehan (Contributor), Daniel Menaker (Contributor), Louis Menand (Contributor), Howard Moss (Contributor), Vladimir Nabokov (Contributor), Ogden Nash (Contributor), Mike Nichols (Contributor), Susan Orlean (Contributor), David Owen (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), S.J. Perelman (Contributor), Leonard Q. Ross (Contributor), Paul Rudnick (Contributor), Cathleen Schine (Contributor), Jonathan Schwarz (Contributor), Hart Seely (Contributor), William Shawn (Contributor), Upton Sinclair (Contributor), Mark Singer (Contributor), Susan Sontag (Contributor), Ruth Suckow (Contributor), Frank Sullivan (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), Calvin Trillin (Contributor), George W.S. Trow (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Lisa Walker (Contributor), E.B. White (Contributor), William White (Contributor), Chet Williamson (Contributor), Alexander Woollcott (Contributor)

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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 description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists of the modern era, from Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker to Woody Allen and Steve Martin. This anthology gathers together the funniest work of more than seventy contributors. Parodists take on not only writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, but TV documentaries, Italian cinema, and etiquette books. Other pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex. A rich selection of humorous verse includes caustic gems by Dorothy Parker, the effortless whimsy of Phyllis McGinley, and Ogden Nash's unforgettable slapstick prosody, as well as forays by luminaries who ought to have known better.--From publisher description.… (more)
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I bought this book for the Garrison Keillor! Just kidding. I can't stand Garrison Keillor. I bought it for the Jack Handey.

"I am willing to do these things because I believe that until people can sit around a desert campfire and go 'Shhh, hear that?' and then listen for the plaintive howl of me, we as a society have lost something." -JH ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
This is is humor with an edge - not goofball slapstick. Some stories were laugh-out-loud hilarious; but in others I struggled to find any amusement at all. Most of the really clever ones were written before 1950 and many of the authors have written much funnier stuff. One notable exception is Steve Martin's hilarious and all-too-true "Changes in the Memory After Fifty". Well worth a read, but one for dipping into, not reading all in one sitting. ( )
  Jawin | Aug 31, 2008 |
It is dusk in the Laurentians. I am in ski togs. I feel warm and safe, knowing that the most dangerous pitfall for skiers is color, knowing that although a touch of brilliance against the snow is effective, too much of it is the sure sign of the amateur. ( )
  DameMuriel | Mar 31, 2008 |
This is one of the best humor anthologies EVAH!!! ( )
  bookishbunny | Mar 20, 2007 |
An excellent compilation. ( )
  JBD1 | Jan 11, 2006 |
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Remnick, DavidEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finder, HenryEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, WoodyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amis, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angell, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arlen, Michael J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auden, W.H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barthelme, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baumbach, NoahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bemelmans, LudwigContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benchley, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blount, Roy, Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borowitz, AndyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brickman, MarshallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brooks, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cammuso, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Day, ClarenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Vries, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, LarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellis, H.F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, F. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franklin, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franzen, BillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frazier, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, Bruce JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frost, PollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gannon, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geng, VeronicaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerber, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibbs, WolcottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gopnik, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graves, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gutterman, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hall, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamburger, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Handey, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hills, L. RustContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaufman, George S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Martin, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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McCall, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists of the modern era, from Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker to Woody Allen and Steve Martin. This anthology gathers together the funniest work of more than seventy contributors. Parodists take on not only writers like Hemingway and Kerouac, but TV documentaries, Italian cinema, and etiquette books. Other pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex. A rich selection of humorous verse includes caustic gems by Dorothy Parker, the effortless whimsy of Phyllis McGinley, and Ogden Nash's unforgettable slapstick prosody, as well as forays by luminaries who ought to have known better.--From publisher description.

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Anthology contains:
  • Death in the Rumble Seat / Wolcott Gibbs
  • Dusk in Fierce Pajamas / E.B. White
  • Across the Street and into the Grill / E.B. White
  • On the Sidewalk / John Updike
  • Save My Seat / Mike Nichols
  • Hassidic Tales, with a Guide to Their Interpretation by the Noted Scholar / Woody Allen
  • The Ultimate Diary / Howard Moss
  • The Analytic Napkin / Marshall Brickman
  • Who's Who in the Cast / Marshall Brickman
  • Health Department Lists Restaurant Violations / Daniel Menaker
  • The Delts of Venus / Charles McGrath
  • Notes From the Edge Conference / Roy Blount, Jr.
  • LGA-ORD / Ian Frazier
  • Love Trouble Is My Business / Veronica Geng
  • In the New Canada, Living Is a Way of Life / Bruce McCall
  • Corrections / Calvin Trillin
  • Stardate 12:00 12:00 12:00 / Christopher Buckley
  • Glengarry Glen Plaid / Frank Cammuso and Hart Seely
  • Gum / Scott Gutterman
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Doughnuts / Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz
  • Teen Times / Paul Rudnik
  • Press Agents I Have Known / Groucho Marx
  • The Greatest Man in the World / James Thurber
  • The Interview / James Thurber
  • Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy / Bruce Jay Friedman
  • The King of Jazz / Donald Barthelme
  • My Mao / Veronica Geng
  • Our Side of the Story / Veronica Geng
  • Do You Know Me? / George W.S. Trow
  • Gandhi at the Bat / Chet Williamson
  • Igor Stravinsky: The Selected Phone Calls / Ian Frazier
  • We Are Still Married / Garrison Keillor
  • Meeting Famous People / Garrison Keillor
  • Yo, Poe / Frank Gannon
  • My Life: A Series of Privately Funded Performance-Art Pieces / Susan Orlean
  • The A-List E-List / David Brooks
  • Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife / James Thurber
  • A Couple of Hamburgers / James Thurber
  • Forever Panting / Peter De Vries
  • The Kugelmass Episode / Woody Allen
  • Partners / Veronica Geng
  • My Married Life: The Whole Truth Thus Far / Mark Singer
  • Life without Leann / Larry Doyle
  • Zeus the Lutheran / Garrison Keillor
  • The Very Comical Lament of Pyramus and Thisbe / Susan Sontag
  • Off-Ramp / Polly Frost
  • Blown Away / Lisa Walker
  • Here's a Really Great Idea / David Owen
  • A Short Autobiography / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Cliché Expert Takes the Stand / Frank Sullivan
  • The Cliché Expert Tells All / Frank Sullivan
  • How to Achieve Success as a Writer / Ruth Suckow
  • The Rather Difficult Case of Mr. K*A*P*L*A*N / Leonard Q. Ross
  • The Notebooks of James Thurber / James Thurber
  • Are We Losing the Novel Race? / Michael J. Arlen
  • Roland Magruder, Freelance Writer / Calvin Trillin
  • Contemporary Writers VI: And Interview with Grip Sands / Philip Hamburger
  • In the Dough / Roger Angell
  • Selections from the Allen Notebooks / Woody Allen
  • I Cover Carter / George W.S. Trow
  • Notes on My Conversations / Polly Frost
  • Writing Is Easy! / Steve Martin
  • Drivel / Steve Martin
  • Emily Dickinson, Jerk of Amherst / Andy Borowitz
  • The People Who Had the House Before / Robert Benchley
  • The Catastrophe / William Shawn
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty / James Thurber
  • I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been, a Matrix of Lean Meat / S.J. Perelman
  • Eine Kleine Mothmusik / S.J. Perelman
  • Monomania, You and Me Is Quits / S.J. Perelman
  • Pnin / Vladimir Nabokov
  • Annoy Kaufman, Inc. / George S. Kaufman
  • The Last Repository / H.F. Ellis
  • Yma Dream / Thomas Meehan
  • Ainmosni / Roger Angell
  • The High Ground, or Look, Ma, I'm Explicating / Peter De Vries
  • Apartment 6-A: After the Fall / Ian Frazier
  • Spill / George W.S. Trow
  • Hearing from Wayne / Bill Franzen
  • Stunned / Jack Handey
  • He Didn’t Go to Canada / Garrison Keillor
  • Post-Euphoria / Veronica Geng
  • Keith Richards' Desert-Island Disks / Noah Baumbach
  • How to Become Obscene / Upton Sinclair
  • Filling That Hiatus / Robert Benchley
  • It's Fun to Be Fooled … It's More Fun to Know / Robert Benchley
  • Why We Laugh—or Dow We? / Robert Benchley
  • Insert Flap "A" and Throw Away / S.J. Perelman
  • How to Eat an Ice-Cream Cone / L. Rust Hills
  • Teaching Poetry Writing to Singles / Veronica Geng
  • Dating Your Mom / Ian Frazier
  • A Reading List for Young Writers / Ian Frazier
  • How I Write My Songs / Donald Barthelme
  • Save Our Bus Herds! / Cathleen Schine
  • Three Great Meals / William White
  • Read This First / Bruce McCall
  • Take It from Me / Nancy Franklin
  • Changes in the Memory After Fifty / Steve Martin
  • The Hundred Greatest Books That I've Read / Steve Martin
  • Reintroducing Me to My Habitat / Jack Handey
  • Thank You for Stopping / Jack Handey
  • Homework: A Parent's Guide / Christopher Buckley
  • What Happened to My Money? / David Owen
  • On Taxi Drivers / Alexander Woollcott
  • Father Isn't Much Help / Clarence Day
  • The Night the Ghost Got in / James Thurber
  • Ring Out, Wild Bells / Wolcott Gibbs
  • The Ballet Visits the Splendide's Magician / Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Cloudland Revisited: Why, Doctor, What Big Green Eyes You Have! / S.J. Perelman
  • Thoughts on Radio-Televese / John Lardner
  • The Musical Husbands / Adam Gopnik
  • Listening to Bourbon / Louis Menand
  • Look Back in Hunger / Anthony Lane
  • Tennis Personalities / Martin Amis
  • Car Talk / John Updike
  • Critic / E.B. White
  • Song to Be Disregarded / E.B. White
  • To a Perfumed Lady at the Concert / E.B. White
  • Song of the Queen Bee / E.B. White
  • Rhyme of an Involuntary Violet / Dorothy Parker
  • Fulfilment / Dorothy Parker
  • Bohemia / Dorothy Parker
  • Mother's Home Again! / Don Marquis
  • Melancholy Reflections After a Lost Argument / Phyllis McGinley
  • The Seven Ages of a Newspaper Subscriber / Phyllis McGinley
  • Incident in the Afternoon / Phyllis McGinley
  • Procrastination Is All of the Time / Ogden Nash
  • To My Valentine / Ogden Nash
  • So That's Who I Remind Me Of / Ogden Nash
  • Compliments of a Friend / Ogden Nash
  • The Invitation Says from Five to Seven / Ogden Nash
  • Theme and Variation / Peter De Vries
  • People / W.H. Auden
  • Six Poets in Search of a Lawyer / Donald Hall
  • The Naked and the Nude / Robert Graves
  • 12 O'Clock News / Elizabeth Bishop
  • Christmas in Qatar / Calvin Trillin
  • Duet, with Muffled Brake Drums / John Updike
  • Ocular Hypertension / John Updike
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