*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Tragedy is when I cut my finger.
Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die . . ."
I was a naive, foolish tween. "While the other kids were Rocking Round the Clock, We were hopping and bopping to the Crocodile Rock." On Thursday nights, I was glued to an old black and white TV set in the attic watching SCTV and Monty Python's Flying Circus on PBS, while most of my fellow Americans were tuned into Welcome Back Kotter and Barney Miller.
Yes, I'm sad to say, I am partially to blame for our National Debt. Sure PBS is only responsible for $445 million of the federal debt, and it is considered small potatoes compared to the US military budget ($756.4 billion) and Social Security ($803 billion), but as astute mathematicians like Glenn Beck, author of Dreamers & Deceivers (no comment) (9781476783895) 27.00, Rush Limbaugh, author of Rush Revere and the American Revolution (9781476789873) 19.99, and Michael Savage, author of Stop the Coming Civil War (9781455582433) 26.00 are quick to point out, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. Much like the comedy sketch in Monty Python & The Meaning of Life, in which a waiter tries to foist a wafer-thin breath mint on a grossly obese restaurant patron, this federal program had exploded and then drenched us in a wintry mix of blood, flesh, and food. And now for something completely different . . .
Former member of Monty Python and perpetually bankrupted John Cleese (I have three words for you John, pre-nup, pre-nup, pre-nup) takes us back to the 'Golden Age of English Men Dressing Up as Women' in his new book, So, Anyway (9780385348249) 28.00. Without any question, I am sure that that this book will find it's way onto the bathroom reading table next to my toilet.
Meanwhile, SCTV alum and Ed Grimley look-alike Martin Short regales us with tales of derring-do as a comedian on TV shows like SNL and movies like ¡Three Amigos! in his latest offering, I Must Say (9780062309525) 26.99. Did you know Martin Short dated Gilda Radner? Yeah, me neither. I must say.
Speaking of SNL and Gilda Radner, I direct you to Exhibit A: Amy Poehler and her comicography, Yes, Please (9780062268341) 27.00. You may recall Amy as Sarah Palin in . . . Oh wait, that was Tina Fey, author of Bossypants (9780316056878) 15.99. Alright, so isn't she the star of that HBO show Girls that everybody's talking about? No, wait, that's Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl (9780812994995) 15.99. Parks and Recreation! She's Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation! Whew!
Thanks a lot Obama!
Superficially Deep Thoughts with Jack Not-So-Handy
Are Louis C.K. and Andrew W.K. related? Are they cousins or something?
Odds & Sods
The Pride of Charlevoix and our good friend, W. Bruce Cameron stopped by to sign our copies of his latest, Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (9780765377487) 24.99. W. or Bruce, as his friends call him, is responsible for such dog-centric bestsellers as A Dog's Purpose (9780765330345)12.99 and A Dog's Journey (9780765330543) 14.99. As usual, first come, first served . . .
Benny Volvovski's The Who, The What, and the Where: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History (9781452128276) 24.95 is my quirky book of the week. A goodly amount of these secret sidekicks are actually the wives of famous men. "Behind every great man . . ." Well, you know the sayin' . . .