May Contain Nuts: A Very Loose Canon of American Humor

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Michael J. Rosen
Harper Collins, Sep 14, 2004 - Humor - 440 pages

Nutritiousness aside, May Contain Nuts provides 100% of the daily recommended amount of that essential life-enhancer, laughter. With more than 70 contributors and 150 shots from the loose canon of American humor, it's a stellar edition with plenty of real stars from stage and screen(writing):

• Seinfeld's Peter Mehlman • Hairspray's Mark O'Donnell • Ed's Michael Ian Black • and the world's most famous drive-in movie critic, Joe Bob Briggs

Plus, there's Roy Blount Jr. on how to travel "Southern" outside the South; summer recipes from our man in the kitchen, Henry Alford; Firesign Theatre's Phil Austin's yuletide "Tale of the Old Detective"; P. J. O'Rourke's not-so-intimate "Diary of a Country Gentleman"; Daniel Radosh's "PowerPoint Anthology of Literature"; and Tom Gliatto's helpful overview of today's thriving cabaret scene. With umpteen illustrations, many perplexing charts, and our first centerfold ever, this volume is party-sized for your reading pleasure.

New in This Issue

  • a comprehensive teacher's guide
  • a food section (including a transcript from Van Gogh's early cooking show)
  • up-to-the-minute newscrawl
  • a preview of the new all Law & Order Network
  • "Blues for Advanced Beginners"
  • Ingenious and iffy tributes to Orson Welles, Dale Earnhardt, Beck, John Edwards, and Celine Dion
 

Contents

DAVID MARTIN
179
Sweden vs Clairvoyancy
185
MICHAEL MARTONE
188
PETER MEHLMAN
200
This Clam Is Near Death
202
BRYAN J MILLER
210
MARK ODONNELL
217
P J OROURKE
239

ANDREW BARLOW
34
MICHAEL IAN BLACK
37
An asterisk denotes stardom and the fact that the May Contain
40
ROY BLOUNT
44
KIM McCANN
55
NANCY COHEN
56
bedandbreakfast Henry Alford page 4
58
JILL A DAVIS
64
ELLIS DICKERSON
70
Madrigals vs Freshness
80
TOM GLIATTO
87
Are You Tangential? 126
94
BEN GREENMAN
102
BOB HIRSHON
123
Shakespeares Hamlet Daniel Radosh page 287
127
MARC JAFFE
136
MERLE KESSLER
140
Life AfterTed
148
DANNY LIEBERT
152
KURT LUCHS
164
MABEL MANEY
171
ED PAGE
253
NEIL PASRICHA
268
LOUIS PHILLIPS
276
NEAL POLLACK
282
LAURIE ROSENWALD
294
Towels vs Catholicsm
304
STEPHEN SHERRILL
308
BETH TEITELL
316
doughnuts Stephanie Brooks page 48
319
RICHARD THOMPSON
322
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334
JOHN WARNER
339
JUSTIN WARNER
350
Buttered Whale?
358
Late Late Show
369
MIRTH OF A NATION TEACHERS COMPANION
372
Index by Marc Jaffe and Peter Gaido
397
Contributor Notes
417
Andrew Marlatt
423
Permissions
433
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Michael J. Rosen was born on Septembr 20, 1954 in Ohio. After getting his MFA in poetry, Rosen started work as a design consultant for the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts in 1982. In 1983, he became the literary director of the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. During his near-twenty-year stay as literary director, Rosen was the editor for several compilations of James Thurber's writings; he also was involved in the creation of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Rosen has also "taught in the Ohio Art Council Poetry-in-the-Schools Program and Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist-in-the-Schools Program, and has conducted over 500 young authors' conferences, in-service days, writing workshops, guest author days, and residencies (for elementary, middle school, and high school students and teachers). He has acted as editor for Mirth of a Nation and 101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells, and his poetry has been featured in The Best American Poetry 1995.

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