Articles by Teddy Wayne

December 6, 2016

A Year in Reading: Teddy Wayne 2

Haruf’s modesty and commitment to his craft are worthy of learning from and attempting to emulate, particularly as all of us — even writers of quiet fiction — become increasingly expected to brand ourselves like celebrities.

December 16, 2013

A Year in Reading: Teddy Wayne 0

It’s hugely imaginative, brilliantly written, funny, and sad. What else would you want from a novel?

October 29, 2013

The Lowest Form of Humor: How the National Lampoon Shaped the Way We Laugh Now 4

The funny guys and girls who are confident (it was dawning on me, there at that orientation) are the ones who hold court at parties. The funny guys who are diffident become comedy writers. Or, as I once read in an interview with an Onion writer speaking about the makeup of its staff—the closest thing we have to the National Lampoon in its heyday—they’re the guys who are outside the party, making fun of the guy inside telling jokes.