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The Seriousness of Humor with David Bouchier

at Rogers Memorial Library | Thu Mar 26


Rogers Memorial Library

91 Coopers Farm Road
Southampton, NY 11968
Tel: 631 283 0774 Ext 523
Contact Name: Adult programs
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Date & Time

01:00 PM
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Cost: Free Event

Essayist and broadcaster David Bouchier will discuss the delicate business of trying to be funny about serious topics. His own discovery, loss and rediscovery of humor as a way of explaining the world has convinced him that devices like satire and irony really do capture the attention of readers, and may sometimes even change their minds, but at some cost to the writer’s own reputation as a serious person. By way of illustration, David will read examples of what (he hopes) are funny passages of critical writing from 400 BC to the present day, including some of his own whimsical essays on such sensitive topics as politics, patriotism, money, and self-esteem. Co-Sponsored The Southampton History Museum.