B. J. Novak's Funny Pages

Ryan from The Office wrote a book. It's good!

As the story goes--and I once interviewed him and he confirmed it--B.J. Novak was cast in The Office on the strength of one joke. Here it is: "I spent four years in college. I didn't learn a thing. It was really my own fault. I had a double major in psychology and reverse psychology."

Novak deploys both kinds of psychology, the normal kind and the reverse kind, in his first story collection, One More Thing, but whereas in the joke they cancel each other out, on the page they amplify each other. One More Thing belongs to that slightly dusty genre,...