UBC graffiti (1969)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Oct 15 16:39:45 UTC 2005



Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU> wrote:
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On Sat, 15 Oct 2005 05:43:08 -0700, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

>Has anyone heard any *new* book-author jokes ? (_The Da Vinci Code_
>doesn't count.)
>Or is this an obsolete genre ?

Mostly obsolete, I think. Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon ran an _Atlantic_
contest some years ago called "Coauthors". The winners were:

"The Origins of Frankenstein" by Bill Tim with Lou Sparts.
"Common Medical Problems" by D. Tommy Hertz and Denise R. Aiken.
"Skin Deep: The Art of the Supercilious" by Hugh Luke Marvilas and
I. Dolph Lattery.

The more juvenile tradition of prank-call names has been kept alive by
Bart Simpson and Saturday Night Live...


Bart's calls to Moe's bar, by the way, were inspired by the legendary
"Tube Bar" recording, a collection of prank calls made in the '70s to a
Jersey City bar owner named Louis "Red" Deutsch. See:


Full transcript of the recording is available here:


--Ben Zimmer

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