"Do you think you’d have your same sense of humor, if you’d been a woman from the start?"Jennifer Finney Boylan, I’m Looking Through You (New York: Broadway Books, 2008), pp. 244-45. (Page break between “was in” and “French.”)
I shrugged. "I don’t know. Maybe not. Maybe the humor is what I needed to survive."
"I didn’t think she was all that funny before," said Tori a little self-consciously. "Actually. When you were a boy? Your jokes always seemed so panicked, or something."
"Maybe," said Sarah, "this is your original sense of humor? And what you had before was the replica?"
I knew what she was getting at, but it made my head hurt. It reminded me of something James Thurber once said at a party, in Paris, when a woman told him how much funnier his work was in French. "I know," said Thurber. "It does tend to lose something in the original."