Essays Of Parody

Past winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor; author of the nonfiction bestsellers Great Plains, Family, and On the Rez; contributor to The New Yorker, Outside, and other magazines, Frazier is the greatest writer of our (or indeed of any) age.I'd never thought of Ian Frazier as a humorist, since I associated his name much more consciously with books like "Family" and "The Rez" than with his occasional pieces in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

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Video essays have flourished in recent times, and the best ones can even eclipse a lot of traditional documentaries in their production and intelligence.

On top of recommending Polygon’s own staff of video craftspeople, here are 10 of the best video essays of 2018, a shortcut down the rabbit hole of intriguing work on You Tube.

This collection, a companion to his previous humor collections Dating Your Mom (1985) and Coyote v.

Acme (1996), contains thirty-three pieces gathered from the last thirteen years.

When The Atlantic Monthly celebrated its 150th anniversary by publishing excerpts from the best writing ever to appear in the magazine, in the category of the humorous essay it chose only four pieces--one by Mark Twain, one by James Thurber, one by Kurt Vonnegut, and Ian Frazier's 1997 essay Lamentations of the Father.

The title piece of this new collection has had an ongo When The Atlantic Monthly celebrated its 150th anniversary by publishing excerpts from the best writing ever to appear in the magazine, in the category of the humorous essay it chose only four pieces--one by Mark Twain, one by James Thurber, one by Kurt Vonnegut, and Ian Frazier's 1997 essay Lamentations of the Father.

The blurb on the back made it sound like he hovers somewhere between Mark Twain and the Archangel Gabriel in the pantheon, but I must say these pieces, though occasionally very funny, left me feeling he's been quite oversold.

Part of the problem here is that New Yorker short humor pieces have beco I'd never thought of Ian Frazier as a humorist, since I associated his name much more consciously with books like "Family" and "The Rez" than with his occasional pieces in The New Yorker and elsewhere.

All of the essays offer the reflections of a modest and reflective man about the foibles which infect himself and others, with a nonjudgmental attitude, except through the reader’s reaction to irony or understatement.

Two essays caused me to react with more than a smile or a laugh of recognition.

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