The 50 Funniest American Writers - Andy Borowitz
Humorist Andy Borowitz has compiled a raucous array of writing in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to the Onion (Library of America, $27.95). An asterisk in the title reminds readers that this selection is “according to Andy Borowitz.” In any case, he has assembled work by some unquestionably funny folks. Pieces by contemporary wits such as George Saunders, Wanda Sykes, and David Sedaris are present, but the editor has also picked samples from writers who aren’t read much anymore, people like Peter DeVries, George Ade, and Anita Loos. Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, S.J. Perelman, H.L. Mencken, and James Thurber are here (this is the Library of America, after all), making it a literary anthology that will be cherished by everyone in the household.