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Wildly, Unreasonably Funny
on February 7, 2011
This collection illustrates perfectly why I have been following Mike Sacks's humor for more than a decade now: he is a complete - and completely hilarious - original. Reading his work is like stepping through a door to a world that's been rotated one quarter-turn toward Absurd O'Clock. You recognize the features of the landscape, but the ground is constantly shifting. The people of this world have their own logic, and it's not your own. This is especially true of the piece that kicks off the book, "Whoops!" This is one of my favorite bits of humor writing, not only from Mike Sacks, but of all time.
What is perhaps most impressive is that, somehow, a visit to the World of Sacks highlights the absurdities inherent to our own, real world: office culture, relationship hiccups, communication misfires. I don't often laugh out loud at words on the page; when I do, it seems almost like magic. Mike Sacks is this kind of word magician, and Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason is a virtuoso performance.