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Top Ten Tuesday* Variation: Eastern Block Humor & Bulgakov’s Master & Margarita

mathuniverseI’ve been dallying on this Top Tuesday post (a meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish; theme: humorous books) for days (originally I was going to have it ready by the end of the weekend and schedule it to post during my busy week). But the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t sure I’d have anything productive to add to the conversation.  Because I’m probably the last person you want to get humor recommendations from (for example, the pop-physics book I’m reading now, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality has me doubling over in hysterics every other page… sigh – when did I become the crazy math teacher?)

Still, the more I thought about it, the more I realized by not writing this post, I was practicing a favorite strategy of mine: avoidance. I mean, the things that are hardest to write are probably the most worth it to attempt. And this time, to write anything at all, I found myself compelled into a variation of the theme Top 10 Humorous Books – a meditation of sorts on my own relationship with humor, told through one of my favorite books of all time, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. (more…)