Disquiet, Please!

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November 26, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

David Remnick and Henry Finder follow up 2001’s Fierce Pajamas with Disquiet, Please!, a new collection of The New Yorker‘s humor essays, drawing from world-class humorists like David Sedaris, Woody Allen, and Ian Frazier, to name a few. Sometimes the laughs start with the title and never stop (”My Dog Is Tom Cruise,” by Noah Baumbach), but other essays are so highbrow, the humor gets lost amid all the frou-frou intellectual chatter (Peter De Vries’ ”The House of Mirth”). The contemporary essays fare best here. Some of the older pieces, though witty in their way, won’t have you doubling over with laughter. For that, see 2006’s ”Ask the Optimist!” by George Saunders. B

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