This weekend I got together with some sophisticated, up-with-the-news, funny people. The elephant in the room were the antics in TrumpWorld. But not one attempt was made at wit.
As Laura Bradley hammers in Vanity Fair, so much of TrumpWorld is breaking news and there are so many platforms for satire that it's difficult for even professional comic writers to come up with fresh one-liners.
For us recreational wits, it's impossible. We simply aren't that good, at least not any more.
When prospects for my ghostwriting services contact me and describe a "funny" book they want to publish, I warn them how glutted that genre has become. I recommend that together we produce an earnest book on what's right with the world.
Steven Pinker is an excellent model for that. Here can be ordered his "Enlightenment Now" from Amazon. It's selling like hotcakes.
As for belly laughs, I haven't enjoyed one of those since 2014 when I relocated from the New York Metro area. There, nothing is taken at face value. Elsewhere, the mindset is literal. The ethos is that of the poker-faced lawyer. One former BigLaw partner I coached informed me that the signature persona of success.
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