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Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's, Humor Category

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Publisher Comments:

The fine people of McSweeney's have put together a preposterously funny collection that offers such useful information as: "How Important Moments in My Life Would Have Been Different If I Was Shot Twice in the Stomach," "Circumstances Under Which I Would Have Sex with Some of my Fellow Jurors," and "Pirate Riddles for Sophisticates," to name just a few. Many legislators and people like that have said that it's best when collections like this are not "all humor." We have thought about this, and thus Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans also includes selections for the more serious-minded reader, including: "The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over Italian Radio," "On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor," 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." A consistently hilarious selection of brainy, wild humor from one of America's most popular literary magazines.

Synopsis:

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 bonesare 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. Butperhaps this book can be used to dull the pain. Included herein:

The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over ItalianRadio

Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum SeriesExtended 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 aJaguar

Eleven Lunch Meats I Have Invented

Four Things I Would Have Said to Sylvia Plath if I Had Been HerBoyfriend

And much, much more, including 20 brilliant new lists . . .

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

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? Not much. Nothing we can think of. It’s pretty much too late. The light of August turns to the overcast skies of autumn, and the taunting sting of winter cannot be far ahead on the highway of the road on the horizon. Who can sing a song without words? Maybe Bobby McFerrin, but is there anyone else? Where do we go when the party is over? Perhaps the afterparty. But what comes after the afterparty?

Questions, there are so many questions, and then some queries, arriving via fax. To these we respond in the only way possible: Talk to the hand, because the face ain’t listening. Nevertheless, we present the pages within as an offering of peace, as a message of hope, and as a perfumed hankie of love—a hankie drizzled with the intoxicating aroma that has only one name: ha-ha-oopsie.

About the Author

McSweeney’s is a small group that sells taxidermy equipment and also produces books, a literary quarterly, and The Believer, a monthly review. Based in San Francisco, McSweeney’s is also home to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit educational center for Bay Area youth.

Table of Contents

A Brief Parody of a Talk Show That Falls Apart about Halfway through

The Spirit of Christmas

The Briefing: A Play in One Act

On the Implausibility of the Death Star’s Trash Compactor

Preview of Summer Camps

Comments Written on Evaluations of My Speech on Needle-Exchange Programs

The Newest from Jokeland

Excerpts from My Speech on Forest-Fire Prevention

As a Porn Movie Titler, I May Lack Promise

I Know What You Did Two Moons Ago (The Revenge)

Words That Would Make Nice Names for Babies, If It Weren’t for Their Unsuitable Meanings

Reviews of My Daydreams

Insomniacs! I Bring Words of Hope and Wisdom

The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over Italian Radio

Group Mobilization as a Desperate Cry for Help

Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?

Not Very Scary Movies

Candle Party

It’s Not Actually a Small World

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

Canceled Regional Morning TV Shows

A Letter from Ezra Pound to Billy Wilder, 1963

Journal of a New COBRA Recruit

A Logic Puzzle and Hangover Cure

Some People Don’t Like Celebrities

Tips from Jokes and How to Tell Them, Published in 1963

How Important Moments in My Life Would Have Been Different If I Was Shot in the Stomach

No Justice, No Foul

Actual Academic Journals Which Could Be Broadway Shows If They Had Exclamation Points Added!

My Beard, Reviewed

The Name Game

Circumstances under Which I Would Have Sex with Some of My Fellow Jurors

The Bet

The Dance Lesson

Attack of the Fabulons!

Pirate Riddles for Sophisticates

A Short Fictional Passage Entitled “Drift Nets,” in Which Several Enterprising Characters Troll the High Seas, Exploring Abandoned Trade Vessels for “Pirated” Goods, and Learn to Cope with Distinct Personalities in a Close-Knit, High-Stress Environment

Ineffective Lines Deleted from Final Revisions of Violent Box-Office Hits

A Graceland for Adolf

Trinity

Pop Quiz

Bad Names for Professional Wrestlers

Evidently, It Was Live Then

Upcoming Titles from Gavin Menzies, Author of 1421: The Year the Chinese Discovered America

Good Westerns, Not Porn

Norse Legends Reference Pages

Goofus, Gallant, Rashomon

Not-Good Titles for Romantic Films

Black, Gray, Green, Red, Blue: A Letter from a Famous Painter on the Moon

Lists

Alternate Titles Proposed for This Book

Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400043316
Subtitle:
The Best of McSweeney's, Humor Category,
Publisher:
Knopf
Editor:
Kleid, Suzanne
Editor:
Eggers, Dave
Editor:
Shay, Kevin
Editor:
Epstein, Lee
Edited by:
Dave Eggers
Author:
Edited by Dave Eggers, Kevin Shay, Lee Epstein, John Warner, and Suzanne Kleid
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Author:
Dave Eggers
Author:
Kleid, Suzanne
Author:
Shay, Kevin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humor-General
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous Literature
Subject:
Humor-Narrative
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040810
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
239

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Product details 239 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9781400043316 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 bonesare 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. Butperhaps this book can be used to dull the pain. Included herein:

The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over ItalianRadio

Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum SeriesExtended 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 aJaguar

Eleven Lunch Meats I Have Invented

Four Things I Would Have Said to Sylvia Plath if I Had Been HerBoyfriend

And much, much more, including 20 brilliant new lists . . .

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , 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? Not much. Nothing we can think of. It’s pretty much too late. The light of August turns to the overcast skies of autumn, and the taunting sting of winter cannot be far ahead on the highway of the road on the horizon. Who can sing a song without words? Maybe Bobby McFerrin, but is there anyone else? Where do we go when the party is over? Perhaps the afterparty. But what comes after the afterparty?

Questions, there are so many questions, and then some queries, arriving via fax. To these we respond in the only way possible: Talk to the hand, because the face ain’t listening. Nevertheless, we present the pages within as an offering of peace, as a message of hope, and as a perfumed hankie of love—a hankie drizzled with the intoxicating aroma that has only one name: ha-ha-oopsie.

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