When I moved to Toronto from Regina, I did what I referred to as my “Burn Every Bridge Tour.” I went to the different comedy venues and made fun of every other comic in the city. They were (and still are!) friends of mine, so no actual bridges went down.
There was one bridge that should have been…
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Submission by Max Knoblauch.
R. Kelly improvises beautiful songs based on slightly insulting nonsense phrases given to him by a Rolling Stone reporter who probably thought he was being cute but then presumably realized “oh shit, R. Kelly makes piles of hits because of his astonishing talent.”
|—||L.V. Anderson. “I Feel Sorry for the Men Duped Into Talking to HuffPo About Women’s Fashions They Hate.” The XX Factor, Slate.|
Q: How many male novelists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: “The cocaine isn’t the point. The cocaine is a metaphor,” he explained wearily over the pile of cocaine. She folded her arms. She didn’t understand his cocaine. “Didn’t you read my manifesto?” The prostitute had read his manifesto. Why couldn’t she?
Start thinking about what else he’d get tattooed on himself if it was done in a tasteful Helvetica Bold.
When Publishers Ran Bookshops
Book Shops: How to Run Them by Ruth Brown Park
Doubleday Doran Book Shops, 1929. First Edition.
Introduction by Cedric R. Crowell, General Manager of the Doubleday Doran Book Shops
THIS IS NOT HOW TO RUN A BOOKSHOP.
Here, let me help.
1. Take off your jacket. Customers will feel ill at ease if they think you’re trying to leave.
2. Oh, you think booksellers just sit around reading? HAHAHAHAHAHA.
3. It wouldn’t kill you to stock a paperback, buddy.
4. Look into ways to rid yourself of the enormous child-eating monster lurking behind your bookshelf. I’m no expert, but it might be hurting sales.
Manny Fernandez, “Gun Sentiments and Guns on Display at Alamo Rally”. The New York Times
Phil Maciak breaks down a new trope on television in his essay, “The Good Bros of Fox:”
Where the man-child is insecure in his masculinity, the good bro is secure; where the man-child is stunted in his development, the good bro is confidently developed; where the man-child is immature to the point of disability, the good bro is functional, even successful; and where the man-child is searching, the good bro operates based on a strict ethical code. What they both share, however, is the sincerity of which Lili speaks. The good bro, as opposed to the sleaze, holds nothing back. Masculine, friendly, sensitive to women, only rhetorically misogynist, possessed of a Str8 Bro-style obsession with homosexual desire, and, above all, committed to a kind of unfiltered truth-telling, the Good Bro is now the dominant feature of Fox’s Tuesday night.
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