Modern Living: Good News, Bad News

Whenever a joke fad becomes entrenched, the small Los Angeles publishing house of Price/Stern/Sloan issues a slender paperback containing a sampling of the humor. Thus, in 1953, the firm published Droodles, a collection of simple line drawings with funny captions; in 1963 it put together The Elephant Book, offering the then-popular elephant jokes. Now, at least by Price/ Stern/Sloan standards, another kind of joke has made the grade. The company has just published The Good News, Bad News Book.

Good News, Bad News jokes* run the entire gamut of human experience and are often topical. In one current gag, for example, President...

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