Book captures a great deal of what people fall in love with about israel, and also what drives people crazy about israel. It is a sort of field-guide to local ways, for people who want to go way beyond what you read about israel in the front page of y... Read More
In the brilliant penultimate chapter she meditates on an ancient compendium of jokes, the philogelos. Admittedly, i'm a cultural relativist, but still i think that some of the examples she cites are still funny--funnier than she thinks.
Mary beard's book shows that romans applied humor more broadly than greeks. The romans found many things that we find humorous today, humorous in the olden times. Beard is a well-regarded historian with a long beard.