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Stories from a Moron: Real Stories Rejected by Real Magazines Hardcover – November 25, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (November 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312326769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312326760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
Ed is an aspiring writer. He really wants to be published. But Ed Broth's problem is that he writes short pieces and send them in to the wrong places. For example, Ed writes a story about his clothesline and then... sends it to Fencing Quarterly. When the editor writes back explaining that his magazine is about fencing rather than clotheslines, Ed does what any ambitious writer would do: he revises. And then resubmits his story--now containing hilariously ham-handed additions about fencing--to the same editor. Stories From A Moron collects not only Ed's work but the letters between Ed and the beleaguered editors of the publications he submits to. It's nutty humour at its deadpan best.

"Welcome to the world of Ed Broth. I think we can all use a warm clear liquid with a faintly chickeny smell right about now." --Jerry Seinfeld

From Publishers Weekly

This author's name must strike terror in the souls of editors across the country: after all, his hobby is writing purposefully mediocre stories and submitting them to the wrong magazines. When an editor tells Broth that his material isn't suitable, Broth peppers his original story with mentions of whatever the magazine's focus happens to be, bolds and underlines them, and sends the piece back. As one editor writes to Broth, "I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry...you just wasted your money and my time." It's pretty funny at first, and we laugh along with the bemused Fencers' Quarterly editor. But what about the painfully earnest group at the helm of an Amish magazine and the countless busy editors of very specific publications (Rug Hooking, I Love Cats Magazine, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) who are being asked to read such inanities? Most editors try to give Broth some kind of guidance the first time he sends them his inappropriate-occasionally sordid, often boring-stories. Soon it seems as if we're watching Broth thumb his nose at people trying to help him, and eventually we must wonder what else he might have been able to accomplish with the amount of effort he put into confusing and frustrating editors. He might have improved his writing, for example. But for a book of one-note gags, this does offer some good laughs.
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Thanks Ed Broth and Jerry Seinfeld!
Docintherock
After reading though, the main problem is the length of the stories.
Jedediah A. Tate
"Stories from Moron" is the funniest book I've read in a long time.
Anita Evangelista

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anita Evangelista on December 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Review By Nick Evangelista:

I was one of "Ed Broth's" editorial contactees for this book (FENCERS QUARTERLY MAGAZINE). From day one, I just thought this individual was a raving looney. He kept submitting stories to me about his underwear and shorty pajamas, which really had nothing at all to do with the type of magazine I publish. My greatest fear was that "Ed" would show up unannounced on my front porch dressed in said shortie pajamas. The guy seemed kind of obsessed about his p.j.'s. It was a great relief to find out that his submissions were actually part of a book.

With that said, "Stories from a Moron" is very funny. In fact, it gets funnier on subsequent readings (I think). "Ed Broth's" unflagging literary assaults on reality, pushing his stuff energetically at the wrongest of wrong magazine markets, over and over and over again, made me laugh so hard, my wife, who is a nurse, thought I was choking on food.

"Stories from Moron" is the funniest book I've read in a long time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JimjamKrotz on May 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I don't know if its Jerry Seinfeld or somebody else writing this, but it definitely is written by the same person who wrote the Letters from a Nut books. The writing style is a dead giveaway. Although this book is funny, I grew tired of it after a while. The crazy stories that the "author" sends grew too repetitive and thus boring. Perhaps if the "author" had created a few more stories to alternate between it would have held my attention better. If you are a fan of the Letters books, you will probably like this book too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Weber on March 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I guess I was just spoiled by letters from a nut, because although this book was funny and fresh, it just didn't grab me and make me laugh outloud like the letters books did. I would have given it 3.5 if possible. I really enjoyed reading the review by Anita Evangelista above, who was peppered with multiple letters. These were some of the best in the book. The problem with the book is there is so much build up having to read these 3 or 4 incoherent pages of stories, and the response is often little more than standard "thanks but no thanks". In "Nut" You got instant pay off, and the people responding HAD to be nice, because they were in a customer service role, where in "Moron" they could basically tell him to take a hike. Regardless, it is entertaining, I did laugh outloud a few times, but I am such a fan of the Letters from a nut books, that I let my expectations run too high.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snowthrower on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Its great to hear one of the people who actually had correspondence with Ed respond.

This is by far one of the best books that Jerry Seinfeld wrote (aka Ted L. Nancy, Ed Broth). I own the complete "Letters From A Nut" series and still laugh out loud every time I read it.

Whether its "Conjugal Cal" or Ed's "possessed" shorty pajamas this book has it all with such submissions to odd magazines such as "Steamboat Magazine," "Muzzle Blasts," and "Sandlapper Magazine" surely ensue hilarity.

This is a must read for anyone! Those who have read "Letters From A Nut" will find it even funnier with all the past references (Sandlapper, George Harrison Meatloaf)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JB McPartland on March 24, 2007
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The best thing about it is the stories inetrtwine. You'll be reading one, not sure if the guy is totally on drugs, and a few chapters later something will come up that causes tears to well up from laughter.

A perscription to cure depression and bad moods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Lahey on January 24, 2006
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I read "Stories from a Moron" recently, and I laughed so hard at times that I couldn't catch my breath. If you like absurd humor - you'll love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blanche on February 17, 2011
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I read this book when it first came out and thought it was hilarious. Since it came out on Kindle I thought I would see how the comedy held up and I was once again laughing so hard (I love Teeny and Teeny) that I had to stop reading for a while to get some air!!! If you have ever tried to write a story and submit it to a magazine or if you love silly stories, this is for YOU!
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