AMERICAN NOTES: The Waterbury Tales

AMERICAN NOTES

Watergate has spawned a veritable cottage-cheese industry of humor, parody, songs and stories, all looking for the bright aside on one of the nation 's darker episodes. Perhaps the brightest and best of the topical genre appeared last week in the New Republic, written by Chicago's Judith Wax, 42, a humorist best known for her annual summaries in verse of the year's news in Playboy. Her model was Chaucer, who would surely have understood Watergate as well as any other bygone man, and her mode mock Middle English, including pseudoscholarly footnotes.

Whan that Junne with hys sunshyn soote...

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