A Humor Textbook? Laughing Matters

Every so often, one of my essays ends up in a college textbook. It’s a delightful honor, of course. But I’m always just a bit freaked out by the thought of someone writing an essay analyzing one of my essays.

My latest textbook appearance is in Laughing Matters, a “comic rhetoric” textbook by Stanford University’s Marvin Diogenes. It’s a great book, and I’m really proud to have a humor column (actually a satirical music lesson contract between parents and child) included in the “forensic rhetoric” section, along with pieces by Chekhov, Benjamin Franklin, and Ian Frazier.

And happily, it’s NOT a what-not-to-do example.

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4 Responses to “A Humor Textbook? Laughing Matters”

  1. Joyce Taron says:


    I thoroughly enjoyed the music learning contract! Instruments our children have practiced include trombone, acoustic guitar, violin, viola, cello, and…BAGPIPES! Actually, all bagpipe tunes are practiced on the chanter, but it’s plenty loud as well!

    Truth be told, I enjoy all that musical noise. :P

  2. Val says:

    Congratulations Mad! You are an exceptionally gifted writer and therefore it’s not surprising to see you there alongside Franklin, Chekhov and Frazier. :)

  3. ListenToLeon says:

    Congratulations! A textbook from University of Mississippi quoted an entry of mine once, but it was from least likely entries things I’ve ever written(making fun of the Don Imus fiasco years ago)

    It’s cool that you’re amongst such great company in that book! It’s definitely something to be proud of

  4. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Joyce, Val, and ListenToLeon. I’m honored to be in such fine company and really appreciate your kind words.