By Ted Cohen
Sol sits at the sidewalk bench and waits patiently for almost part an hour. eventually, Abe reappears.
"Well," asks Sol, "what are they as much as? who're they attempting to convert? Why do they care? Did you get the $1,000?"
Indignantly Abe replies, "Money. that is all you humans care about."
Ted Cohen thinks that isn't a nasty comic story. yet he additionally does not imagine it really is a simple shaggy dog story. For a listener or reader to snort at Abe's conversion, a sophisticated set of stipulations has to be met. First, a listener has to acknowledge that Abe and Sol are Jewish names. moment, that listener should be accustomed to the common concept that Jews are extra drawn to cash than the rest. and at last, the listener must recognize this data earlier than the comic story, and with no somebody telling her or him. Jokes, briefly, are complex transactions during which groups are cast, intimacy is accessible, and in a different way offensive stereotypes and cliches lose their sting—at least sometimes.
Jokes is a ebook of jokes and a ebook approximately them. Cohen loves an exceptional chortle, yet as a thinker, he's additionally drawn to how jokes paintings, why they paintings, and after they do not. The satisfaction on the finish of a funny story is the results of a posh set of stipulations and strategies, and Cohen takes us via those stipulations in a philosophical exploration of humor. He considers questions of viewers, number of funny story issues, the ethnic personality of jokes, and their morality, all with lots of examples that may make you both snort or wince.