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“I am re-reading my well-thumbed Dave Barry Turns 50 by my fave comic superhero and weeping with laughter although I have already read it 10 times, which is both because Barry is an unparalleled comic genius and because at 52 one can be extremely forgetful. By contrast, a humor writer who never aged on the page (she last completed a book in 1977), but who continues to lead a fabulous Manhattan life is the great if famously underachieving Fran Lebowitz. Her two slender classics (which I am also re-reading) are Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. Sample Lebowitzism: “Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”

Sandra Tsing Loh, author of

The Madwoman in the Volvo:

My Year of Raging Hormones

“An Evening With Dave Barry and Sandra Tsing Loh”: 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Chapman Conference Center, Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave.; $15; www.miamibookfair.com

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