8 Examples Of Lowbrow Humor In Highbrow Literature

August 13, 2014 12:19 PM

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8 Examples Of Lowbrow Humor In Highbrow Literature

My novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights [Dzanc Books, $15.95], features an extended comic set piece involving an enormous, unflushable turd that wreaks havoc at a dinner party. This scene has proven to be divisive among both my readership and the critics: while the Los Angeles Times felt that the "bathroom scene... is a riot," this opinion was not shared by [Lesser Publication That I Refuse to Name], which complained of the book's "tired potty humor."

As the debate rages on, I have occasionally questioned the wisdom of inserting a nugget of potty humor (tired or otherwise) into the delicate ecosystem of my Literary Novel. Were the readers of the world ready for my radical vision? Maybe not. After all, Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy didn't...

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