Excerpt from How to Tell a Story: And Other Essays But the teller Of the comic story does not slur the nub; he shouts it at you - every time. And when he prints it, in England, France, Germany, and Italy, he italicizes it, puts some whooping exclamation-points after ity and sometimes explains it in a parenthesis. All Of which is very-depressing, and makes one want to renounce joking and lead a better life.
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