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If, as Nietzsche put it, a witticism is an epitaph on the death of a feeling, it’s always interesting to look at where feelings are running too strong for jokes—something that has been an uncomfortably live topic for editors these last few years.

For reasons I cannot quite fathom, Prospect has recently gained a review copy of Jonathan Swan’s Man Walks into a Bar 2: the ultimate collection of jokes and one-liners. It’s cheap and cheerful, and operates in the well-worn tradition of quips alphabetised by subject from accidents to zebras (“What is a zebra? 26 sizes larger than an…

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