Various Happenstances of Seth
April 23, 2005
So, as you can probably tell, I
haven't been updating this terribly frequently.*
The reason for this is simple: I have a column that I'm supposed
to be writing. And I need to come up with funny ideas every week.
So while two years ago if I had a funny idea or event happen to
me once a week, I might put it on my WSO blog, nowadays I need to
save them for the column. And so although you can still read the
twisted machinations of my mind in my column,
so can other people. So what can I offer you as a reward for looking
at this blog in spite of the fact that it's almost never updated?
Well, tidbits from my life, I guess.
my life is incredibly dull. Most of the minutia are either completely
uninteresting (e.g. Tuesday I clipped my toenails, most of them
came out okay, but a few were jagged and I hope they don't puncture
my socks.) or the kind of thing that I'd just as soon not commit
to pixels where other people might read them (e.g. I've been drinking
a lot of water recently and notice that it's making my urine much
more clear.), which is why I don't update here much.
However, yesterday I went to the
annual Williamstown Library Book Sale. This was very awesome. And
while reading a list of books may not seem interesting to you, the
fact that I was able to acquire all of them really pleases me, and
so I will list them here anyway. First, the books that are not strictly
(Classics) The Prince - Machiavelli, Shogun
- James Clavell
(Biographies) Autobiography of Malcolm X -
Alex Haley, Einstein the Life and Times - Clark, Autobiography
of Ben Franklin - Russel Nye, It's Always Something -
Gilda Radner, I am Jackie Chan - Jackie Chan, Surely you're
joking Mr. Feynman - Richard Feynman
(Sci-Fi/Fantasy) The Turing Option - Harry
Harrison, Wizard's First Rule - Goodkind, Mote in God's
Eye - Niven and Pournelle
The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey Because my best friend from highschool recommended it long ago.
Ascension - White Wolf
Because it was a Role Playing book for a buck.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams Because when I see this book available cheaply, I must purchase it. I've bought at least eight copies, probably more, although three or four have been lent or lost.
And then the glorious humor books.
First, I managed to find some good comics, along with a few big
(Collections/Comics) 5600 Jokes for all occasions
- Knapp, Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things - Panati,
Big book of American Humor - Novak, Anguished English
- Richard Lederer, Crazy English - Richard Lederer, The
Limerick (1&2) - G. Legman, Fortieth Anniversary Cartoons
- New Yorker, Far Side Gallery 3 - Gary Larson, Essential
Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Waterson, Wizard of Id Strike the
Sot - Parker and Hart, Doonesbury Chronicles - Gary Trudeau.
The Wizard of Id book is mainly
for the purpose of giving to my father. We'll see whether I manage
to see him again before he reads this entry. The Limerick books
each have over 2500 limericks, almost all of which are dirty and
not very funny. Between my old column in the Projo and the OEDILF
now, I've probably written over 2500 stanzas of limerick too. And
I have enough trouble finding publishers already, but if I were
to organize them all into a compendium of limericks, it would be
no worse than the two now on my bookshelf.
And finally, the actual humor books.
I was pleased to be able to pick up a nice chronological range,
from Jonathan Swift to Jon Stewart, so my shelf will now have more
humor spanning the decades:
(Humor through the ages) Tale of a Tub - Jonathan Swift, Unmaking
of a Mayor - William F. Buckley, I am not a crook - Art
Buchwald, Sunshine Sketches of a little town - Steven Leacock,
We are still married - Garrison Keiller, Happy to be here
- Garrison Keiller, Last Bus to Albequerque - Lewis Grizzard,
From Coast to Coast - Bob and Ray, I lost Everything in
the Post-Natal Depression - Erma Bombeck, When you look like
your passport photo, it's time to go home - Erma Bombeck, Cruel
Shoes - Steve Martin, Dave Barry Slept Here - Dave Barry,
Dave Barry's Bad Habits - Dave Barry, Napalm and Silly
Putty - George Carlin, Stupid White Men - Michael Moore,
Oh, the things I Know! - Al Franken, The Funny Thing Is...
- Ellen DeGeneres, Obliviously On He Sails - Calvin Trillin,
America the Book - Jon Stewart
Finding another Bob and Ray book
is always a catch, as they are one of the funniest humor duos ever
to work together, and yet people today just don't know about them.
More Dave Barry is always good, of course, but if I had to name
one book that I was happiest to find there, it would have to be
Jon Stewart's. It came out so recently that I never imagined I'd
find it at a book sale, so when I did I spent 5 seconds being stunned
and then grabbed it as fast as I could. It's on my short list of
new acquisitions I want to read immediately.
And why do I love book sales so
much? Because not only do I now possess all this wonderful material,
but after buying all of the above books, comics, collections, many
hardcovers, and many paperbacks, my grand total came to $56.
*"Well," you might say, "I agree you haven't updated frequently, but you have updated terribly." Who asked you, anyway?
**Actually, it's probably fortunate that my life is so dull. There's an old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." Given that things are fairly stable now, perhaps I should be happy that nothing exciting (I'm on fire! Someone filled my room with poisonous cobras!) is happening.
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