I’m not sure how funny that John McPhee intends to be in his book Uncommon Carriers, which I’m reading right now. It’s a book wherein he travels around in all sorts of unusual vehicles, starting with a cross-country trip in an 18-wheeler. His prose is really lovely, very readable, and occasionally very funny. For example, he talks about father of the trucker who he was driving with:
He became the editor-in-chief of Screw Machine Engineering, a magazine whose name a hyphen would have improved.