Saturday, June 28, 2008
Kanfer, Stefan. "For Whom the Bell Tolls." CITY JOURNAL June 25, 2008.
Holt, Jim. Stop Me If You’ve Heard This: a History and Philosophy of Jokes. New York: Norton, 2008. Sometimes Stop Me opts for the low road. Comedian Garry Shandling: “I went to my doctor and told him, ‘My penis is burning.’ He said, ‘That means somebody is talking about it.’” Other times it aims higher: “In some languages,” said the Oxford philosopher J. L. Austin, “a double negative yields an affirmative. In other languages, a double negative yields a more emphatic negative. Yet, curiously enough, I know of no language, either natural or artificial, in which a double affirmative yields a negative.” “Suddenly, from the back of the hall, in a round Brooklyn accent, came the comment, ‘Yeah, yeah.’” . . . For more, visit: http://www.city-journal.org/2008/bc0625sk.html.