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

Fierce Pajamas An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in he called it a comic weekly And although it has become much than that it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder s description publi

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he called it a comic weekly And although it has become much than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder s description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, James Thurber, S J Perelman, Mike Nichols,When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he called it a comic weekly And although it has become much than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder s description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Groucho Marx, James Thurber, S J Perelman, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, Calvin Trillin, Garrison Keillor, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr Steve Martin, and Christopher Buckley Fierce Pajamas is a treasury of laughter from the magazine W H Auden called the best comic magazine in existence.

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  1. David Remnick born October 29, 1958 is an American journalist, writer, and magazine editor He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998 He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000 Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post He has also served on the New York Public Library s board of trustees In 2010 he published his sixth book, The Bridge The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.Remnick was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of a dentist, Edward C Remnick, and an art teacher, Barbara Seigel He was raised in Hillsdale, New Jersey, in a secular Jewish home with, he has said, a lot of books around He is also childhood friends with comedian Bill Maher He graduated from Princeton University in 1981 with an A.B in comparative literature there, he met writer John McPhee and helped found The Nassau Weekly Remnick has implied that after college he wanted to write novels, but due to his parents illnesses, he needed a paying job there was no trust fund to rely on Remnick wanted to be a writer, so he chose a career in journalism, taking a job at The Washington Post He is married to reporter Esther Fein of The New York Times and has three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha He enjoys jazz music and classic cinema and is fluent in Russian.He began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982 shortly after his graduation from Princeton His first assignment was to cover the United States Football League After six years, in 1988, he became the newspaper s Moscow correspondent, which provided him with the material for Lenin s Tomb He also received the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.Remnick became a staff writer at The New Yorker in September, 1992, after ten years at The Washington Post.Remnick s 1997 New Yorker article Kid Dynamite Blows Up, about boxer Mike Tyson, was nominated for a National Magazine Award In 1998 he became editor, succeeding Tina Brown Remnick promoted Hendrik Hertzberg, a former Jimmy Carter speechwriter and former editor of The New Republic, to write the lead pieces in Talk of the Town, the magazine s opening section In 2005 Remnick earned 1 million for his work as the magazine s editor.In 2003 he wrote an editorial supporting the Iraq war in the days when it started In 2004, for the first time in its 80 year history, The New Yorker endorsed a presidential candidate, John Kerry.In May 2009, Remnick was featured in a long form Twitter account of Dan Baum s career as a New Yorker staff writer The tweets, written over the course of a week, described the difficult relationship between Baum and Remnick, his editor.Remnick s biography of President Barack Obama, The Bridge, was released on April 6, 2010 It features hundreds of interviews with friends, colleagues, and other witnesses to Obama s rise to the presidency of the United States The book has been widely reviewed in journals.In 2010 Remnick lent his support to the campaign urging the release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of ordering the murder of her husband by her lover and adultery.In 2013 Remnick 81 was the guest speaker at Princeton University Class Day.Remnick provided guest commentary and contributed to NBC coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia including the opening ceremony and commentary for NBC News.

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  1. The sort of stuff that would give Oscar Wilde an erection, Fierce Pajamas An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New York collects some of the best short pieces published in this much revered publication through out its long life There are short stories, editorials and satire from E.B White, Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, Groucho Marx, Ogden Nash, James Thurber, Steve Martin, Garrison Keillor, Dorothy Parker, John Lardner, Phyllis McGinley, Jack Handy, and many Filled mostly with clever observation [...]

  2. Humor writing is a tough market Funny means very different things to each one of us So, a good way of doing a humor book is like this build a reader remember learning from well worn readers in grade school of many varied styles and topics.This collection is wide ranging, going back to Dorthy Parker articles from the 1920 s to Steve Martin from a few years ago The array of writers gives it a cocktail party feel breezing from one wry smile to another winking eye.To be sure, this is grown up, savvy [...]

  3. Fierce pajamas, according to E B White, refers to those garments worn to bed in this illness ridden plagued world, a world wholly unlike the vivacious livelihoods within the pages of a 1930s issue of Harper s Bazaar It is a lifestyle unattainable, writes White, without vast quantities of quinine on top of delirium Vogue is the good life, to make no mention of those portrayed within The New Yorker.What was considered early in its life as the quintessential American humour magazine, The New Yorker [...]

  4. Talk about a mixed bag Any collection of humor is going to be received differently, but a collection of humor from across decades, some by professional writers, some by actors and some by outright nutjobs is going to have its pieces of genius and its utter flops Because this is an anthology of humor, the subject matter is all over the place Communication with the dead, miscommunication in the household, a real life affair with a literary character, an interview with a man who can only speak in c [...]

  5. This is a good sample of many great humorists, some of whom did their best work in the New Yorker It runs the gamut from classics like E.B White, James Thurber, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, and S.J Perelman to recent works from Jack Handey yes, he is a real person , Garrison Keillor, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and even Noah Baumbach who has had a phantom career writing humor for the Shouts and Murmurs column in the New Yorker.In Fierce Pajamas I have also discovered the key to reading humor [...]

  6. Such a delight, such a fiercely enjoyable delight I suggest that everyone have at least one copy of this at their homes, for laughter and mirth is always in short supply in our moribund lives these days and this volume does one of the best jobs a book has done to liven your mood There are some outright classics, some you ve read elsewhere, some you ve seen adapted as a film and other such gems herein Go on, help yourself to generous dollops of wit and humour collected from the myriad editions of [...]

  7. Most of the pieces are pretty good Jack Handy has an especially Handy licious one A few are too dull to finish.Don t try to read this book cover to cover, unless you really, really like New Yorker humor I made it about 2 3 through over the course of a month before giving up.I think this is best suited for a bathroom book or a breakfast book when a couple of pieces are read at a time I checked this out from the library and did not have enough time to take it slowly.

  8. This was a wedding present to me from C, and I read it throughout our honeymoon I felt like a person of timeless, wood barreled taste and class, going back and reading pieces by James Thurber and E.B White Good stuff from the magazine s literary days is it me, or are 77% of their articles now about Chanel

  9. Contains very funny pieces by Steve Martin, James Thurber and Groucho Marx unfortunately, it also has some dated stuff and I was unable to relate Worth checking out of the ilbrary, which is where I stumbled upon it.

  10. Provides little than inner Huh, that s funny laughs Some of it gets pretty hilarious, but most of it in particular, a piece where a man can speak only in clich s has already been done to death, diluting the humor a bit Thinking man s funny, I guess.

  11. This collection of New Yorker humor pieces is priceless The essays from the 30 s and 40 s are still hilarious and represent the work of some terrific writers Jack Handy has a modern piece that totally cracked me up Check this out.

  12. Some of the pieces make me laugh out loud, others leave me smiling and a few have caused me to scratch my head and wonder what I ve missed.

  13. I listened to the CD version of this book while I was driving back from Grand Marais Some of the pieces in here made me laugh aloud Hassidic Tales, with a Guide to their Interpretation by Woody Allen, In the New Canada, Living is a Way of Life by Bruce McColl, and Writing Is Easy by Steve Martin The one that made me laugh so hard I almost crashed a liability of listening while driving was Glengarry Glen Plaid by Frank Cammusa and Hart Seely, wherein a phone rep abuses a would be buyer Woody Alle [...]

  14. Reading Fierce Pajamas felt like being out at a bar with Charles Bukowski, Hemingway, and Dorothy Parker but everyone is drinking mocktails, sober as the proverbial judge This is a long collection of short humor pieces from the New Yorker that doesn t happen to be particularly funny Many of the older pieces are so dated that the modern reader has no idea what people, places, and incidents they refer too, and many others are maddeningly New Yorker centric The few classic pieces here, such as The [...]

  15. I didn t understand 80% of the humor and if I weren t marooned in the wilds without interet, I might never have soldiered through the tome But then what humor I did get was so rip roariously funny, it was well worth the reading Particular jewels that stick with me are 1 Love Trouble is my Business a brilliant short story in which Reagan and read Proust are in every single sentence must be read to be believed 2 Tennis Personalities an opinion piece with an opinion I endorse, and 3 To my Valentine [...]

  16. Definitely not a cover to cover read but well worth picking up a few times a month Ian Fraizer, Jack Handey, Steve Martin and many other fantastic humorists are here who you would otherwise probably not read unless you have a subscription to The New Yorker and the time to read every issue Paul Rudnick s Teen Times has headline gems like Cancer Shut Up and Sweatshops Can t They Make Our Clothes Without Touching Them and Jack Handey s Thank You for Stopping is another selection of many that make t [...]

  17. Ugh I made it about halfway through, thinking surely there must be something funny just around the corner, but it turned into an awful slog through pretentious, unfunny garbage Maybe it has something to do with the lack of diversity in authors out of 138 pieces only 18 are written by women Don t know the numbers on authors of color but I d guess they re abysmal as well There were a few saving graces E.B White s beautiful writing, Geng s Love Trouble is my Business, Gerber Schwartz s What we talk [...]

  18. I doubt readers will love every selection, but am certain they will find at least a few entries to love in this collection Some of the stories are dated and others seem aimed at specific audiences, but if you enjoy reading The New Yorker, you ll love it Many of the authors will be comfortably familiar A few choices I had read before and remembered, but it was still fun reading them again I fell in love again with Mitty.

  19. This is a long, mixed bag, but there are a few gems that make it worth picking up and plodding along through from time to time The Rather Difficult Case of Mr K A P L A N Annoy Kaufman, Inc It s Fun to Be Fooled Are We Losing the Novel Race and Insert Flap A and Throw Away are a few of the pieces that stood out for me, but I have to admit that A Note on the Type was quite possibly my most favorite part I was so charmed by it I read it twice.

  20. Giving up on this Those of you who know me know how much I hate doing that, but this was really of a sample this, read that book than a sit down and devour book A lot of the humor simply wasn t relatable, being from the 30 s and all However, got a few good chuckles in, and my does one look stylish when one reads the New Yorker in any of its forms 2 1 2 stars, really.

  21. This anthology includes a story in which Emily Dickinson keys a car Nuf said Also Steve Martin teaches us how to overcome writer s block Woody Allen imagines a hassled affair with Emma Bovary What if Mamet was forced to write blurbs for a catalog of comfortable clothing When I m blue, this collection can take my sad song and make it better.

  22. Perhaps one of the best humor anthologies I have ever experienced My former husband would read it to me before bed, and it would keep me up laughing It s been years since I last picked it up and I am still laughing

  23. I like the idea, but some of the New Yorker humor is a bit high brow for my tastes That said, some of the pieces were very funny it just was not consistent I will certainly try collections from the New Yorker, though unabridged audiobook

  24. When I was little, I would attempt to read my dad s James Thurber anthology mostly I liked the illustrations but the humor was always way over my head Now I love it Short stories and quick reads seems to be all I have time for right now, so this is perfect.

  25. On a range of topics and dating back to the 20 s, this has some classics that I ve read or heard dozens of times and a ton of things that I ve never seen Some pieces are obviously better than others, but the majority are great and all are at least interesting.

  26. Love the S.J Perleman stuff, and Steve Martin and Woody Allen and Ian Frazier and all the writers Kaufmann, Benchley, et al.

  27. What was funny about this book is that it is ostensibly humorous yet got me to crack a smile only once No actual laughter occurred.

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