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Byline: Joanne Weintraub
The shelf life of humor writing varies greatly. Trendy or topical pieces go stale faster than hot bagels, while, say, Mark Twain's "The Diaries of Adam & Eve" is still fresh and chewy.
Twain died before the New Yorker magazine was born, but scores of other notable American humorists have graced _ and sometimes goosed _ its pages. Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman, such modern marvels as Woody Allen, Calvin Trillin, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount Jr. and the late, incomparable Veronica Geng: Just listing them makes the lips twitch in anticipation.
Faced with the task of bringing in a book that weighs less …