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Author Harrison Scott Key On The Book That Changed His Life

Oxford American Magazine humorist Harrison Scott Key will read from his new book at A Cappella Books on Thursday, June 11.
Oxford American Magazine humorist Harrison Scott Key will read from his new book at A Cappella Books on Thursday, June 11.
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Audio interview

“Smart” and “funny” are often considered to be mutually exclusive. “Smart” things are good for us. They’re healthy, virtuous … and dull. Humor, meanwhile, often brings to mind notions of the frivolous, the madcap, and the silly.

But silly is not smart.

So when, as a college sophomore, Harrison Scott Key first read the book that made him realize that smart could be really, really funny, and that funny could make you think, he knew he’d found the thing he wanted to do with his life. That book was Douglas Adams’s “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Harrison Scott Key will be at A Cappella Books on Thursday, June 11. He says that in addition to reading from his new memoir “The World’s Largest Man,”  he’ll be doing a funny dance.