So, Who's Funny in the Age of Trump?

Apr 19, 2018, 08:00 AM

In episode 15, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell ask who’s funny in the age of Trump, and how they’re managing to pull it off. They talk to Sloane Crosley, author of the new essay collection, Look Alive Out There, about the humor of the everyday and the freedom and subversiveness of not writing about the president. The also speak to Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post’s ComPost column, whose column features humorous takes on political news ranging from James Comey’s book release to Chris Christie’s screaming eyes.

Readings:
• Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
• A Field Guide to Awkward Silences and the ComPost blog, by Alexandra Petri, including “Further excerpts from James Comey’s book, if the existing ones are anything to go on"
• Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell
• My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber
• Sylvia Plath, “Tulips”
• The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations
“The Clouds," by Aristophanes
“The Personal Essay Boom is Over,” by Jia Tolentino