‘David: I enjoyed one of your latest books, “Last Year’s Man” which displays the wit in your writing. So, what makes Brits funnier than Americans? Kidding. A bit of a safer question, what is it that makes the English so damn funny?
Paul: I think the Brits revel in our own ridiculousness, we know that life and people are absurd. After all, there are two types of people in the world and they are both preposterous. The most preposterous are the ones that don’t know they are, of course.’
One of the areas touched upon in the first chapter of my novella A CASE OF NOIR is the rather, louche and down-at-heel world of Warsaw’s ex-pat EFL teachers.
The ‘flotsam and jetsam of life’ that make their living teaching English in Poland’s capital.
To give you a further — and very noir — taste of that bitter-sweet life here’s All About Steve, a documentary that was made a few years ago by James Torr and Jonathan Walsh.
The focus of All About Steveis a teacher known as EFL Steve who mysteriously disappeared from Warsaw after claiming he was being poisoned by a sinister group. As the mystery unravels we also get a good look at EFL life in Warsaw, and its various odds and sods.