My book club recently read Jenny Lawson’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. (Think The Glass Castle or Running with Scissors without the wit or the poignancy.)
If you are not familiar with Jenny, she is a popular blogger with a penchant bordering on abuse for the F-word. Using her peculiar childhood as a foundation for her quirky world view, she is on occasion actually funny. But can she be funny without the vulgarity? Doubtful.
Which brings me to another funny lady, the late Nora Ephron. Always funny, never a foul word. Reread Heartburn, if you don’t believe me-still amusing thirty years later. I Feel Bad About My Neck is pretty great too.
Maybe it’s a generational thing.
As Maggie Smith (a/k/a Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham) pronounces in an episode of Downton Abbey, “Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.”