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 is the author of numerous novels and books of poetry. Titles include Gas Station, Tony Luongo, My Ground, The Bystander's Scrapbook, AFTER THE CHINESE, CALL ME WAITER, and WHAT'S SO FUNNY. He published lift magazine in the early 1990s, and served on the editorial board at Pressed Wafer Press. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife and daughters. Besides TIME BEING and WHAT IT TAKES, he has also published a novel, THEY SAY, and a prose poetry collection, Watteau Sky,with Quale Press. Author City: SOMERVILLE, MA USA