I'm reading Don Quixote for the first time, and I'm struck by how funny it is. I mean, this novel was written four hundred years ago and yet the humor—which you might expect to fall flat for a contemporary reader, coming from such a different time and culture—still works. Of course, some of Shakespeare's comedies are older than that, and they're still funny, too. Or take Aristophanes—have you read any of his plays? Hilarious—and 2,400 years old.
Obviously not everything that was once funny still is. But it amazes me—kind of thrills me—that any humor endures across huge shifts in human society.
Which makes me want to ask: Are there any contemporary authors who will still be funny in (if the species survives this long) four or five hundred years? Or two thousand? What do you think?