Tricks of the Trade


This issue’s “Found Object,” recovered over a decade ago from a Santa Monica yard sale, is well-known entertainer Rudy Vallee’s “gag book” from 1957. We reproduce a sampling of its pages, filled with typewritten jokes categorized according to subject matter (from “Show Openers” to “Sex”).

Michael Rohatyn is a film composer and screenwriter. His film scores include The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), Arctic Son (2006), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), and Maggie's Plan (2015). Rohatyn co-wrote the script for the award-winning 2005 film 40 Shades of Blue with its director, Ira Sachs.