Annals of Japery

March 1, 2010

Happily Ever After: Husband and Wife discuss “The Bachelor” 1


My question to you is why does “The Bachelor” — a show with a largely female audience — continue to enforce these sexist stereotypes of what a women can (and in some cases, should) be?

January 20, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 3) 5


I dont know, the man said, and it was truth. He didnt know where all the apostrophes had gone.

December 7, 2009

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 2) 6


The city was blackened, burned to completion. No sign of life. Not a hobo nor trollop, tourist nor knishvendor. Cars swimbled with ash, heavy with parkingtickets. Never to be paid nor contested, no weary fist shaken at the judge’s vacant robes.

October 21, 2009

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 1) 20


The trees dead, the grass dead, the shrubs dead also. The rivers dead. And the streams and reeds, the mosses and voles. Dead as well.

April 1, 2009

More Celebrity Fiction on the Way 3


The current issue of McSweeney’s includes a short story by Michael Cera, whose contributor’s bio informs us that he was “born in Brampton, Ontario and now lives in Los Angeles,” and, inevitably, that “This is his first published story.” Yes, this becomingly modest debut author is that Michael Cera, co-star of Arrested Development and Superbad […]

November 13, 2008

The Millions is a Little Irritating 2


I was looking at the list of “Top 10 Most Irritating Expressions in the English language,” which was linked to in our recent Curiosities installment (and which is culled from a new book, A Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare), and a thought occurred to me. The Millions has been around for nearly six […]

May 28, 2008

Title Your Novel in Three Easy Steps! or, The Abstraction of Abstraction 9


We’ve written about how difficult it can be to find a proper title for a work-in-progress. Lately, however, we’ve started to notice a certain trend that may make things easier on the budding novelist. Consider the following novels, all published within the last couple years: The Inheritance of Loss; The History of Love; The Story […]

March 5, 2008

A Modest Proposal 4


It’s come to our attention that one of this season’s ballyhooed debut novelists goes by the handle Andrew Foster Altschul. Now there are a number of reasons for using the middle name – maybe he’s into trochaic hexameter; maybe he’s from a Spanish-speaking country; maybe he wants to avoid being confused with that other Andrew […]

August 4, 2004

Bloody Mary Rules 0


We are leaving for Chicago very soon, and with no place to live as of yet, I do not know when I will be blogging again… not for a couple of weeks, probably. So, I will leave you with something, though not book-related in any way, that you may find quite useful: One of my […]