Raised in the era of Dave Barry and, well, I don't know who else to name because most humor is visual these days, but raised as we have been in this generation in which most humor is of the in-your-face variety (except, of course, Garrison Keillor), it's difficult to appreciate the style of earlier humor writers. To appreciate the selections in this book, you have to slow down and savor the gentle satire and dry humor that characterized previous generations of writers. I wasn't entirely successful, try though I might. Skip around and find what you like. Sampling is better than simply closing the covers of the book.