Why do people tell dirty jokes? And what is it about a joke's dirtiness that makes it funny? G. Legman was perhaps the foremost scholar of the dirty joke, and as legions of humor writers and comedians know, his Rationale of the Dirty Joke remains the most exhaustive and authoritative study of the subject. More than two thousand jokes and folktales are presented, covering such topics as The Female Fool, The Fortunate Fart, Mutual Mismatching, and The Sex Machine. These folk texts are authentically transcribed in their innocent and sometimes violent entirety. Legman studies each for its historical and socioanalytic significance, revealing what these jokes mean to the people who tell them and to the people who listen and laugh. Here -- back in print -- is the definitive text for comedians and humor writers, Freudian scholars and late night television enthusiasts. Rationale of the Dirty Joke will amuse you, offend you, challenge you, and disgust you, all while demonstrating the intelligence and hilarity of the dirty joke.
Going home proves deadly for soap star Roger Ferris when he abandons New York and a plum television role for life as an academic in picturesque Belmont. When the cavalier actor is found stabbed to death in his luxurious condo, he leaves a string of prominent enemies, a host of suspects, and two perplexing questions. What prompted his hasty retreat from fame and fortune, and who paid for his extravagant art collection? "Jane Gillette's The Last Limerick is a tightly constructed crime novel that integrates plot and satire in its narrative about Midwestern professionals and artistic types who fall into sexual triangles (and other geometric shapes) with as much abandon as they go for each other's throats. Wheels within wheels mesh as perfectly as the inside of a Swiss watch as they turn out the story of why a highly popular TV actor suddenly quits his role to return to his hometown to teach college, a deadly decision. If the author's logical plotting is exceeded by anything, it is her deft and creative use of metaphor and simile. The reader can almost feel her delight in capturing and puncturing the pretentiousness of her more self-important characters." - Roger Miller, author of Invisible Hero
COUNTY Limerick is a place of kings and commoners. It is where Donn Fírinne, king of the Munster fairies, is said to have once roamed and where Sean na Scuab, a poor broom seller from the wrong side of the river, was chosen to be mayor of the city. It is a land filled with stories, poetry, music and drama. In these pages you can read about Sionainn, who was carried away by the flowing waters of the River Shannon; the bright and beautiful goddess Áine, the fairy queen, who knits the earth’s green mantle below Lough Gur; Finn MacCool and his band of warri ors, the Fianna; the wise woman Joan Grogan and her ingenious cures; foolish Tadhg who outwitted a gang of thieves; and the poet-magician, Gearóid Iarla, on his horse with silver shoes. In this unique collection, storyteller Ruth Marshall recounts tales of mystery, music and magic from across the rich tapestry of the folklore of County Limerick.