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The Short Form

Dorothy Parker on humor

Dorothy Parker on humor, from her introduction to S. J. Perelman's The Most of S. J. Perelman

Humor to me, Heaven help me, takes in many things. There must be courage; there must be no awe. There must be criticism, for humor, to my mind, is encapsulated in criticism. There must be a disciplined eye and a wild mind. There must be a magnificent disregard of your reader, for if he cannot follow you, there is nothing you can do about it.