A Different, Deeper Laughter

“Republican Enlightenment” begins with laughter.  At least it does for me.  I have yet to get through a single page of Ben Franklin’s autobiography, in whole or as it is excerpted in Hollinger and Capper, without laughing out loud.  I think that is the intended effect of Franklin’s work – to amuse the reader while also edifying him (or her).  We know that Franklin was the great wit and the great wag of his age – and he knew it too.  A first-person life story of that most remarkable person, that most remarkable life, would have to be funny, at Read more

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