Tag Archives: Humor

WaPo’s Petri Plays Shakespearean Fool

Washington Post humorist Alexandra Petri has been having a lot of fun with Trump supporters’ attack on “Julius Caesar.” Here are some of her funniest barbs.

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Poems on Mayweather, Manziel, Rivera

“The Daily Sports Poem” blog has poems that perfectly capture a wide range of sporting events.

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Jane Austen Answering Machine Messages

Answering machine messages as Austen characters would have composed them

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Theological Clerihews – Heaven & Mirth

The clerihew form can wittily articulate major theological questions.

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Quiz: Identify These Famous Figures

Two wonderfully light poems give readers a chance to test their knowledge of cultural history.

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The Cosmic Meaning of Flushing Flies

I don’t know how deep my father’s qualms go about flushing a fly down a toilet bowl. At the very least, the prospect makes him think twice and look for a larger message, as he does in the following comic poem.

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Mark Twain Made Humor Matter

It is Mark Twain’s unrivaled ability to combine both laughter and enlightenment that makes him continually relevant.

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Huck Finn vs. CBS in the 1960’s

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain         This past Friday was the 125 anniversary of Huckleberry Finn, a book that packed a wallop when it came out in 1885 and has continued to be controversial ever since.  Last May I wrote a series of posts on Huckleberry Finn, including on its importance to me as a child […]

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The Jane Austen Punishments List

It’s the last day of the semester (except for exams) and I’m swamped by term papers from my three courses. As a break from writing my own post on Jane Austen, therefore, I share with you a very funny item that I picked up from the Jane Austen Information Page. In addition to more serious […]

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“My Habits . . . Would Assassinate You”

   As a change of pace, I turn today’s column over to my very good friend and department chair, Mark Twain expert Ben Click.  Ben is a 6’6″ Texan who is the funniest man I know and a kind of Mark Twain figure himself. His courses on the man who called himself “the American” have […]

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Swollen Hemingways? See a Doctorow

Terence Winch    As we move into the flu season, here’s a fun poem that can speak to our anxieties about the H1N1 virus.  It imagines a whole host of literary stalwarts involved in the illness.  The poem is by the Irish American poet Terence Winch.  Thanks to my father Scott Bates, himself a wonderful writer […]

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