9/11 was supposed to be the death of irony; thereafter we would once again “take things seriously.” But what if irony is sincerity and seriousness? McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editor John Warner will explore these notions by examining contemporary approaches to what’s funny and how we might make use of them.
John Warner is the author of four books, most recently a novel, The Funny Man (Soho). He has been editorially involved with McSweeney’s Internet Tendency since 2003, currently serving as editor at large, and is a co-color commentator for The Morning News Tournament of Books. Warner is also a weekly columnist for the Chicago Tribune Printers Row book supplement and a blogger at Inside Higher Ed. After previous stints at the University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, and Clemson, he now teaches in the English department at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.