The Bloggess

Every once in a while you find a website that really stands out.  I’m not sure how I came across TheBloggess.com but I’m glad I did.  Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) is about as crackpot as they come, and this is a designation I believe she would appreciate.  Borderline bipolar and definitely a little manic her writing style ranges from casual to hilariously quirky, usually within the same paragraph.

My appreciation for her humor started out with a post on her blog titled “And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles.” [NSFW]  Go ahead & click the link and have a read for yourself (be sure to come back though!).

Beyoncé the metal chicken is just one of many “characters” dreamt up by Jenny.  She also has a fascination with taxidermied animals that died of natural causes (thanks to her father) and dresses them up in clothing that, I assume, she makes herself.  One blog post explained how she traveled with “Hamlet Von Schitzel”, a stuffed mouse dressed like Hamlet who graces the cover of her book.

Recently Jenny published a book (10 years in the making) called “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” which chronicles her childhood, how she met her husband Victor, and explains how she became who she is today.  The book is already #1 on the NY Times List a week after its release.  I per-ordered the Kindle Edition of the book back in January and when it arrived I couldn’t put it down.  It had me laughing uncontrollably starting with the introduction.

If you’re looking for some offbeat humor from a great story-teller check out TheBloggess.com.

Happy Festivus!

If you’re tired of the over-commercialization of the Christmas holiday maybe its time you celebrate Festivus!

Although popularized in 1997 by the Seinfeld show it originated in 1966 and was dreamed up by Dan O’Keefe.  Traditional Festivus activities include  “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”.  The traditional “Tree” has been replaced by a non-decorated aluminum pole.

Just another way to have fun during the holidays.  Oh yeah, by the way…  Christmas is 2 days away, have you finished your shopping, wrapping, decorating yet?

 

Book Review: Sh*t My Dad Says

After a 3 month reading hiatus I’m one again getting a lot of use out of the Amazon Kindle I purchased last last year.   The latest title to be delivered by WhisperSync is “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern.

From the Publisher: After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him…

What started as a Twitter account that posted the various things his father said, Mr. Halpern collected the quotes and stories and turned them into a book.  CBS has even picked the concept up and is turning it into a sitcom staring William Shatner!  I personally think Jerry Stiller would have been a better choice…

About the Book: Sh*t my Dad Says is a very quick read.  With short chapters and pages of one liners it’s a book that’s easy to pickup and read for a few minutes at a time.  If you take it on a trip you could finish it in a day. If you are easily offended by profanity (especially the F-Bomb) you will not like this book.  If you’re unsure, check out the Twitter feed first.

The star of the book is the dad.  The constant stream of one liners that come out of his mouth are priceless, unique and hilarious.  You want to keep reading so you’ll keep laughing.  Unfortunately the book ends too soon.  Amazon is selling the Kindle version for $9.99 & I’ve seen the book in stores for $14.99.  This is one of those titles you can buy, read & pass on to friends & family.

If you’re looking for a fun and witty book for the summer, add Sh*t My Dad Says to your list.