Wit's End

Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday, a conversation about wit and wittiness. Author James Geary says wit is more than just a knack for snappy comebacks. He calls it a “fundamental operating system of human creativity.”

Wednesday, a conversation about wit and wittiness. Our guest is the author James Geary, who says that wit is more than just a knack for snappy comebacks. He calls it a “fundamental operating system of human creativity.” It helps reshape the world as we know it, often with an implied punch line. Wit is wise and frisky and honest, and without it, life would be pretty boring. Geary joins us to explore the various forms of wit, how it works, and why we need it.

James Geary is deputy curator of Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. He's the author of several books about language and wordplay. His latest is Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].