Viva Laughter!

Just what the doctor ordered!

Review by Grady Harp

Shakespeare may have coined ‘If music be the food of love, play on’ in Twelfth Night, but Woody Allen offered `I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose’ – one quote eloquent and rhapsodic, the other, well the other one applies to this exceptionally funny book by Patrick Shannon. Humor is a strange subject. We are barraged by stand up comedians who go for the fast giggle or guffaw; we are entertained by slowly unwinding novels that keep humor as the thread of connection. But then along comes Patrick Shannon with a book full of stories, short and long, that go where humor is supposed to take us – laughing at our own embarrassing foibles as they relate to other peoples stories and the result is laughter from the gut. Continue reading