Spring 2007 issue of The American Scholar
- In "My Father's Jokes," John Barth, the acclaimed novelist, remembers
his father, the popular candy-store proprietor, orphan's court chief judge,
and after-dinner speaker. John J. Barth's list of topics for speaking gigs
in Cambridge, Maryland, some decades ago evokes a sort of humor that can
now make us wince and underscores the son's realization that he hardly knew
his late father.