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The Books Briefing: Humor, Mined From the Absurd

Times are dark. Laughter can provide a respite: Your weekly guide to the best in books
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The world sometimes seems dark. Humor, mined from the absurd, can help us see another side of the pain. That sensibility , which follows his early failures as a writer. It also powered work by Auster’s inspiration Samuel Beckett, who wrote the hilarious while on the run from the Gestapo. The memoirist Sean Wilseyeven remarked

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