Jokes can also be gloriously intimate things. Finding someone with the same sense of humor is a little bit like finding a compatible sexual partner. The same things turn you on. Each of us know there are things that we’re a little bit ashamed to laugh at, just as we all have sexual proclivities we’d rather not reveal on a first date. But we just can’t help it -- we can’t decide what makes us laugh any more than we can decide what gets us off. And when you do find a date who laughs at the same off-color jokes, that first taboo that you break together leads to the shedding of other inhibitions, hang-ups and, quite often, pants.
Fra Jimmy Carr/Lucy Greeves: "Only Joking. What’s So Funny About Making People Laugh?" Gotham Books, New York 2006.
Et af Nutidens fineste Digterværker er Jernbanernes Køreplan, der tilsyneladende er en ganske dagligdags og kedelig Bog -- men læs den igennem og sammenlign den med Virkeligheden, og De vil opdage at det er den mest fantastiske Historie, De har læst.
As far as we're concerned, there are three enduring mysteries of human existence: sex, death and jokes. Frankly the first two have been overanalyzed -- Plato and dr. Ruth have it pretty much sewn up between them, it would seem -- so for the purposes of this book we thought we'd concentrate on the jokes. Because jokes are just fascinating, once you start to turn them around and look at them from different angles. Pretty much everyone that we've ever met knows at least one joke. Admittedly in a large number of cases it transpires that people know the setup from one joke ande the punch line from a completely different one, but that's another story. Jokes spread around the world and embed themselves in our shared culture; the most resonant of them get lodged in the language in the same way as clichés or old wives tales do. Why do we store them and recall them, these tiny folk tales, these wonderful lies? Why is there a constant demand for fresh ones, while the old ones survive for centuries? Why did the chicken cross the road?
Fra Jimmy Carr/Lucy Greeves: "Only Joking. What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?" Gotham Books, New York 2006
Karen Blixen syntes at Sigrid Undset (norsk nobelprisvinner i litteratur, for dem der ikke ved det) var dyster og humørløs. "... hvor man kan tørste efter et Glimt af Humor hos én eneste af hendes Karakterer" sukker Karen Blixen i et brev.
Lige nu - en sød pige der kalder sig "herecomestrouble" (link til hendes blog til venstre) som med sin blog har inspirert meg til å komme i gang med min blog (og lært meg det jeg behøvde).
This one is for herecomestrouble:
I was asking a friend who has children: "What if I have a baby and I dedicate my life to it and it grows up to hate me, and it blames everything wrong with it's life on me?" And she said, "What do you mean, if?" Rita Rudner
Storm P. selvfølgelig. En humorist i verdensklasse. Som innføring i Storm P. og hans verden kan anbefales Johannes Møllehave: "Møllehave læser Storm P." Men aller best er selvfølgelig å lese Storm P. selv. "Når en dør smækkes hårdt i -- er der altid to andre, der springer op."