Why the Long Face?

A Horse Walks into a Bar

by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen

Alfred A. Knopf, 208 pp., $25.95

An amnesiac walks into a bar. He goes up to a beautiful blonde and says, “So, do I come here often?”

Two men walk into a bar. You’d think at least one of them would have ducked.

The past, present, and future walk into a bar. It was tense.

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About the Author

Erica Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She is the author of 11 books. Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet is forthcoming this fall from Koren.


gwhepner on July 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

An amnesiac, a term describing me too well,
walks in a bar and meets a lovely blonde.
“Have I met you before?” he asks, and breaks the spell
by telling her that he's not really fond
of blondes, and only hope to ravish a brunette.
That's not the punchline David Grossman chose,
which may be funnier, although since I forget
a lot I can't remember how his punchline goes.
The amnesiac's problem, I believe, was that he had
forgotten beggars never can be choosers,
and to insult the girl you've got is bad,
although excusable iperhaps for memory losers.

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