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Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category Paperback – June 14, 2005
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"Achieves the sensation of being hit by a hip, humorous train. . . . Breaks mold after mold in hilarious fashion." —The New York Times
From the Inside Flap
Now more than ever, Americans are troubled by questions. As sweaty modernity thrusts itself upon us, the veil of ignorance that cloaked our nation hangs in tatters, tattered tatters. Our "funny bones" are neither fun nor bony. Glum is the new giddy, and the old giddy wasn't too giddy to begin with.
What can be done to stop this relentless march of drabbery? Nothing. But perhaps this book can be used to dull the pain. Included herein:
The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over Italian Radio
Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum Series Extended Edition), Part One.
How Important Moments in My Life Would Have Been Different If I Was Shot in the Stomach
My Beard, Reviewed
Circumstances under Which I Would Have Sex with Some of My Fellow Jurors
Words That Would Make Nice Names for Babies, If It Weren't for Their Unsuitable Meanings
As a Porn Movie Titler, I May Lack Promise
Ineffective Ways to Subdue a Jaguar
Eleven Lunch Meats I Have Invented
Four Things I Would Have Said to Sylvia Plath if I Had Been Her Boyfriend
And much, much more, including 20 brilliant new lists . . .
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McSweeney's is always a mixed bag, and this volume is no exception. Most of the material is very good, yet there are some articles that are weak or overly lengthy ("Journal of a New COBRA Recruit" and "Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum Series Extended Edition), Part One'" come to mind here, respectively). Despite these exceptions, the majority of the pieces are very clever and entertaining. Especially noteworthy are "How Important Moments in my Life Would Have Been Different if I Was Shot Twice in the Stomach", "Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?", and "A Letter From Ezra Pound to Billy Wilder, 1963", to name but a few.
This book isn't for everyone, but people who are inclined to academic humor or clever wordplay will love it. I highly recommend this book. Perhaps you can enjoy it over a brumschlagen sandwich.
I had some favorites in this book - the lists were amazing, the recurring Ezra Pound pieces, the review of the trash compactor in Star Wars, Candle Party, The Zinn/Chomsky DVD commentary for Lord of the Rings, How Important Moments In My Life Would Have Been Different Had I Been Shot In The Stomach, Pirate Riddles for Sophisticates, and others. I was surprised at the volume of work Dan Kennedy contributed to the site (and this book), as only knew him from The Moth.
A lot of fun is guaranteed if you pick this up.
Or you could just go to the website for free.
You could kill a tree or burn some coal.
You could shed your humanity, and die a lonely death if you wanted to.
If you read this, that will probably happen a lot less sooner than if you read it on the website, becoming an amalgamation of electricity, bytes, and electrons streaming in your eye holes and causing you to sit in your own human filth until you can upload yourself to the matrix of McSweeneys. The McMatrix. Supersize yourself before you bite the big one. Bite the big one laughing to Michael Ian Black.
That’s the name of my new band, “Michael Ian Black’s Big One”
This isn’t funny, of course. The book is. Ignore this and go read it.
Or look the table of contents up online and read them on the website like a cheap jerk.
Just go away.
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