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The 50 Funniest American Writers According to Andy Borowitz

The 50 Funniest American Writers
According to Andy Borowitz
New York: The Library of America, 2011

“If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever!” So opens the original short story of John Hughes’ Vacation ’58, the inspiration of the 80’s classic film—of the joys of packing up the family station wagon and hoofing it to California for the ultimate dream family time of Disneyland—National Lampoon’s Vacation. Pitfall after comedic pitfall occurs—including falling asleep at the wheel, being fleeced by local mechanics, robbing the motel for money, a police chase, and finally getting to the fabled Disneyland only to see the ‘closed for repairs’ sign. They all lead to the opening’s promise of Dad shooting Walt Disney in the leg. In the end, the Griswald family realizes that maybe air travel is the best way to see America after all.

Stephanie Merchant (circulation assistant)
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