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The Art of the Funny Metaphor

Ben Sandman elaborates on two strategies for crafting the comic metaphor—and shows us that the recipe for inducing laughter is different from what we might whip up for more serious writing.

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Ben Sandman’s fiction has been published in Story, Joyland, and Stone Canoe, among others, and his criticism has appeared in The New Republic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Full Stop. A graduate of Vassar College, he earned an MFA in fiction from Oregon State University and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati.