Entries For 2013 Thurber Prize Being Accepted

Was the release of your hilarious romantic comedy overshadowed last year by Fifty Shadows of Grey? Did a book of sample SAT questions outshine your witty collection of personal essays? If so, here’s your chance at redemption. The Thurber House has begun accepting submissions for the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Named after humorist […]

Musings: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Months after This America Life retracted an episode featuring monologist and writer Mike Daisey, who, in his latest work The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, fabricated some of the working conditions at a Chinese factory, the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi is reporting that the National Public Radio program is reviewing how it introduces […]

Sedaris’ ‘Me Talk Pretty’ To Be Released in Iran

Publishers Weekly and the Iran Book News Agency (yes, there is such a thing) reported this week that American humorist David Sedaris’ book

Thurber Prize Entries Being Accepted

Submissions for the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor are now being accepted. Named after humorist James Thurber and presented by the Thurber House, the award is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. Past winners of the Thurber Prize include David Rakoff (Half Empty), Steve Hely (How I […]

New Book Lists America’s 50 Funniest Writers

James Thurber, Woody Allen and David Sedaris are among America’s 50 funniest writers, living and dead, as suggested by comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz (left) in his new book The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion published by The Library of America. Also making the grade were: […]

Musings: Thursday, October 6, 2011

There are just some things the Eighth Muse looks forward to each year, one of which is the Best American Nonrequired Reading series. In fact we still chuckle at the 2009’s list of Best Titles of Poems Published in 2008 which includes: “Dad Jokes Around Defining AIDS” by Chip Livingston “I Need More Cowbell” by […]

Books That’ll Unwrap Laughs This Holiday Season

If you’ve ever watched America’s Funniest Videos with a group of people, you know just how varying senses of humor can be. Such was the challenge of compiling this list of gift recommendations. But other questions popped up, too. For example, there are two books written by Steve Martin (Born Standing Up; The Pleasure of […]

Debut Novel Garners Hely 2010 Thurber Prize

Steve Hely, a writer for the NBC comedy series The Office, won the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his debut novel, How I Became a Famous Novelist. Created in 1997, the Thurber Prize for American Humor is presented by The Thurber House, is a non-profit literary center and museum located in the Columbus, […]

New Sedaris Book A Change of Direction

Forgotten in David Sedaris’ four books of personal essays, many of which he has read aloud to sold out theaters, National Public Radio listeners, and David Letterman studio audiences, is the point of the essay itself. Often it takes a backseat to the humor within the essay. As regular Sedaris readers will tell you there’s […]