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Michael Krasny

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Michael Krasny, PHD, hosts the nation's most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk show, Forum with Michael Krasny. A widely published scholar and literary critic, he is an English professor at San Francisco State University and has taught at Stanford University and University of mostra'n més California, San Francisco. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, please visit mostra'n menys

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Krasny could have saved his own time and effort, and better served his readers, by just giving us a compilation of Jewish jokes, without the so-called analysis in between. His writing is very choppy, moving from one thought to another without much in the way of connectivity, and his analysis is shallow. We all understand that humor is in the eye of the beholder, and that the same ethnic joke when told by a non-(insert ethnic group here) is, or can be seen as, racist, but might be considered hilarious when told by a member of that ethnic group, especially if being told to another member. That certainly doesn't need to be repeated at least half a dozen times in the space of 300 pages. But that's what most of the analysis seems to boil down to, whether he's talking about Jews as outsiders, Jewish stereotypes, or even the way Jews experience joy.

Overall, Krasny seems more interested in name-dropping (he told so-and-so a joke when he interviewed him on his radio program, his close friend so-and-so, etc.) than giving us any new or interesting material.
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mzonderm | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | May 6, 2017 |
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My father would have loved this book, both for the jokes and for the background information. I appreciated seeing the connections the author made between the jokes, categories, and how it illuminates Jewish culture. As the older generation passes, it will be more and more difficult to understand Jewish humor. This book serves as a way to both preserve and explain who we were and perhaps are as a people.
hrabbit | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Nov 5, 2016 |
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Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means was a very enjoyable read. Michael Krasny has a true talent for telling and retelling Jewish jokes that parallels his passion for it. I was able to spend a good chunk of my Yom Kippur fast reading this book and it had me laughing alone while my attempts to explain the jokes to my "Gentile" fiancé failed miserably. Only after allowing him to read the jokes himself followed by the explanation by Mr. Krasny in this book were we able to enjoy this book together.

The chapter that resonated with me the most was Jewish Mothers and Jewish Grandmothers. Some of his jokes were just that, jokes. However, there were some pages that I could not turn without recalling a similar situation in my own life, as I too was raised by a Jewish mother. The joke about the woman who wanted to bring her kids over to her mother's house while she want on a date after divorcing their father comes to mind. Her simple request was followed by endless circular questions from her mother about why she is even going out with this "Loser" but that if she doesn't go out how will she meet anybody, brought me back to many conversations I've heard and had at the dinner table.

This book is a must read if you are Jewish or not! It's like My Big Fat Jewish Wedding on paper. Reading it will bring to light many cultural differences and similarities from various demographics across the nation.
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michelle07069805 | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Nov 1, 2016 |
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Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means by Michael Krasny tells of the great Jewish jokes, the origins, and commentary. Mr. Krasny is a successful radio talk show host and a teacher.

I really enjoyed Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means by Michael Krasny, I read the whole book in about two days laughing along with the author. I found the commentary interesting, but not necessarily enlightening, but I’m familiar with much of the material.

I love the sarcastic, bitter, dark Jewish humor which, to be fair, is shared with many cultures but with a twist of guilt and spice. The author does some storytelling himself, dropping names and telling tales of the famous and not-so-famous among others.

You don’t have to be Jewish to laugh at the jokes or to understand them. You just need a healthy sense of humor and twinkle in your eye.

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ZoharLaor | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Oct 24, 2016 |


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