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Monday, August 13, 2012

Funny, Ha Ha

Need a laugh this summer?  Here are my suggestions for some good giggles...
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The Emily Dickinson Reader:  An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems, by Paul Legault

This one is great for all you newly minted English undergrads.  Here's a great example:

Original:
Artists wrestled here!
Lo, a tint Cashmere!
Lo, a rose!
Student of the year!
For the easel here
Say repose!

Translation:
There's paint all over the place.
It looks like a couple of painters got into a fight and
got paint paint all over the place.  Actually, it's a sunset

See!  Super helpful!
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I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems By Cats, by Francesco Marciuliano

This is everyone's new favorite book.  EVERYONE'S.  All day long, people are picking this up and giggling and guffawing over it.  It really is literary genius.


Here's Ravenna Regular, Katie, with an impromptu poetry reading of her favorite poem.  THANKS, KATIE!
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The McSweeney's Book of Politics & Musicals, edited by those McSweeney's peeps
If you're into current events, this one is for you.  From the back cover...

Ever since John Hancock broke into song after signing the Declaration of Independence, American politics and musicals have been inextricably linked. From Alexander Hamilton's jazz hands, to Chester A. Arthur's oboe operas, to Newt Gingrich's off-Broadway sexscapade, You, Me, and My Moon Colony Mistress Makes Three, government and musical theater have joined forces to document our nation's long history of freedom, partisanship, and dancers on roller skates pretending to be choo choo trains.


And some of the good stuff you'll get:
  • Fragments from PALIN! THE MUSICAL 
  • Barack Obama’s Undersold 2012 Campaign Slogans 
  • Atlas Shrugged Updated for the Financial Crisis 
  • Your Attempts to Legislate Hunting Man for Sport Reek of Class Warfare
  • Donald Rumsfeld Memoir Chapter Title Or German Heavy Metal Song? 
  • Noises Political Pundits Would Make If They Were Wild Animals and Not Political Pundits 
  • Classic Nursery Rhymes, Updated and Revamped for the Recession, As Told to Me By My Father And much more!

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