P.G. Wodehouse

Salman and Laughter

Salman Rushdie–always doing an impression of The Master these days.What’s the last book that made you laugh?

P. G. Wodehouse’s Code of the Woosters” which also contains the speech which Christopher Hitchens (and I) believed to be the greatest anti-Nazi diatribe in English literature:

“The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you’re someone. You hear them shouting, ‘Heil, Spode!’ and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: ‘Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?’ ”— Bertie Wooster in The Code of the Woosters (1938)

I should add that more or less everything by Christopher Hitchens makes me laugh. The laughter is what I miss most about the Hitch.

This is from: Salman Rushdie: By the Book in the New York Times Sept. 17, 2015

Hitchens’ review of Wodehouse: A Life by Robert McCrum

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