The inimitable Lutheran journalist Mollie Z. Hemingway satirically dismantles the practice of journalism as it is practiced today. The piece defies summary or excerpt. Just read it at Intercollegiate Review: How to Be a Really Lousy Journalist for Fun and Profit | Intercollegiate Review.
Comedian Jonathan Winters died. When I was a kid and heard he was appearing on the Tonight Show, back in the Jack Parr and then Johnny Carson days, I would stay up late to watch him. The schtick was to hand him an object–a stick, a rope, a mop–whereupon he would improvise comic riffs that would leave me laughing so hard it would hurt.
Happy April Fools’ Day! This is the day that the internet and other media are full of pranks, hoaxes, and tall tales. So if you come across any, please report them here. Thus we can honor the day.
The BBC has a wonderful article by Sally Davies on puns, basically a review of John Pollack’s book The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics. The article offers different theories of puns, most of them ludicrous. (Why are “power” and “coping with despair” considered valid categories of explanation, while “because they are funny” is apparently not?) Puns have often been condemned, though they are used by by such luminaries as Shakespeare and JESUS (so there can’t be anything wrong with them). The article includes some world-class puns. Read it, linked below. Here is a sample: [Read more…]