Get down and dirty with limericks that hold nothing back. After all, clean-cut fun just can’t compare to a good roll in the mud (or the hay, in the case of these poems). This presents all the classic dirty ditties-including the man from Nantucket and the lady from Crewe (if you’re new to limericks, just imagine what sort of words you can rhyme with these two Irish cities and you’ll have a feel for where these lewd lines are heading)-along with some hilarious new friends from around the world. The rhyming fun includes a spectrum of clever obscenities, tawdry topics, and crazy collusions; it’s poetry adults can finally enjoy. Since this wild form of verse began in Limerick, Ireland, there’s enough Irish flair thrown in to make this edition a great read for St. Patrick’s Day or any day, especially over a pint. "The limerick packs laughs anatomical Into space that is quite economical, But the good ones I’ve seen So seldom are clean, And the clean ones so seldom are comical.” -Anonymous
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
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.