"Literary humor" typically inspires as much hope of actual laughter as "the semiotics of comedy" or "Mummenschanz." In this case, it's a vast understatement of the pleasure you're likely to get from these evenly matched public-radio wits. The former co-host of VH1's much-missed Rock of Ages and a frequent contributor to NPR, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Alford was among the humorists who sounded the snark heard 'round the world in the '80s landmark Spy magazine. His latest book is How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth). Performance artist/author Loh has a devoted following from This American Life, Morning Edition and The Atlantic, where her rejoinder last year to Jonathan Kozol's despairing public-school jeremiads was an especially artful takedown. Her latest book is Mother on Fire. We don't know what they will do together, but we trust it won't involve whoopee cushions, rubber poo or chicken jokes. Feel free to ask, though. Free and open to the public.
Wed., March 25, 6 p.m., 2009