The Press: Humor by Wire

Giggles on the Associated Press service are about as scarce as deadpan reporting in the National Lampoon. The venerable news agency will try to change that beginning this week by syndicating "The Phoenix Nest," which ran for 14 years in Saturday Review before Norman Cousins left the magazine. Martin Levin, who edits the column, thinks that the heartland is ready for some topical humor because "the little old lady from Dubuque is now in touch with Germaine Greer—if only with a ten-foot pole." In the first column, Lawyer Peter Friedman tells how his circle benefits from the presence of insect parts...

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