Fiction. We've forgotten who first said, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard." Aristophanes may have or some ancient Roman. It's repeated every night in the performances of stand-up comics in clubs across America. The hero of Joseph Torra's new novel WHAT'S SO FUNNY is one of those toilers who is trying to figure out what's so funny and then get us to laugh at it. Torra, a master of the monologue, has never been better.
Joseph Torra, editor, poet and novelist, lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches writing at UMass Boston. His books include the poetry collections AUGUST LETTER TO MY WIFE AND DAUGHTERS (Pressed Wafer, 2000), AFTER THE CHINESE (Pressed Wafer, 2004), and TIME BEING (Quale Press, 2012), and the novels THEY SAY (Quale Press, 2007), CALL ME WAITER (Pressed Wafer, 2008), and WHAT'S SO FUNNY (Pressed Wafer, 2011). Author City: SOMERVILLE, MA USA