“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

It all started with the taxidermied raccoon.  I don’t normally read memoirs or books about depression, even if they do promise to be funny.  A little too real, a little too close to home.  In general, I prefer my books to be set in other worlds, other times, other cultures.  I want to experience somethingRead more

“Redshirts” by John Scalzi

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You know how in Star Trek and other stereotypical sci-fi shows there always seem to be characters who exist only to die in horrific ways in order to create drama and a sense of danger?  In Redshirts by John Scalzi, a group of newly arrived crewmembers on the Intrepid quickly find that everyone’s really weird aboutRead more

“Fifty Shames of Earl Grey” by Fanny Merkin (a.k.a. Andrew Shaffer)

During the very end of my last day at BEA (after a very nice publisher handed me a glass of champagne, which wasn’t quite enough to distract me from how much my feet hurt), I noticed a long line winding from one of the booths. “What’s this line for?” I asked someone. “Fifty Shames ofRead more

The Magic and Meaning of Dr. Seuss

Childhood nostalgia time!  I found this image while browsing around the internet last night and thought that it was amusing.  It was put together by the teacher of a fourth grade class based on his students’ thoughts after reading Dr. Seuss books, as compared to a popular image macro showing what Dr. Seuss books actuallyRead more

“Broetry” by Brian McGackin

Everybody needs at least one good coffee-table book.  As a grad student whose life has been impacted by the somewhat shitty economy, I found this book of poems to be hilarious. The collection, entitled “Broetry,” is written by a guy who actually has an advanced degree in poetry.  The subject matter lies along the linesRead more