These guys have a lot in common, and not just their hair or the fact that they lived in New York City.
I'm reading Volume II of Mark Twain's Autobiography with delight. It's not for the faint-of-heart: 600 pages, the same as Volume I. But it's easy to see why Twain was Kurt Vonnegut's favorite writer. He shares a sensibility with Vonnegut and Joe Heller, both of whom I read--and still read--with the same delight. And it's probably no coincidence, either, that Joe Heller and Mel Brooks were friends.