: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-Books
Supposed to Have Been Used by Shakespeare
Adam Gorightly's Historia Discordia
: "Documenting the Origins, History & Chaos of the Discordian Society". Features bios of the early Discordians
, Greg "Malaclypse the Younger" Hill's Discordian newsletter
on forthcoming books detailing the history of Discordianism and the contents of Greg Hill's collection of Discordian works and writings, and a running blog with tons of information on the early days of Discordianism.
The Dead Authors Podcast
: Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! [more inside]
How To Read A Book
takes us through the trials and tribulations of finding reading-time comfort. (SLYT)
How Computers Work.
Recently recovered & scanned in by the good folks at BoingBoing, this was an early textbook explaining the fundamental concepts & inner workings of modern computing systems. I believe a slightly different edition of this book was my own introduction to computers when I was in 6th grade or so, which explains a lot about my approach to using them.
, pig stealer
, and man from Ireland, Julian Gough invites you to join him on an adventure in "a love-based mutant version of capitalism."
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
The Biblioctopus Catalog can be as entertaining a read as some of the rare and antiquarian books that the Beverly Hills, Calif., shop sells. An entry for a $3,300 first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s
The Old Man and the Sea asserts that the book is “as stubbornly immortal as those plastic baby diapers that won’t biodegrade.”
Although Catalog 44 was mailed earlier this month
, I have only been able to find links for Catalogs 20
, and 34
If there's one genre you have to read before you die it's the travel book
Standard guidebook: "Should you be caught up in a frenzied riot during your time in Jakarta, make your way immediately to your country's embassy. Once inside, relax with one of the native beverages, and think about what a great story you'll have to tell Andy and Rhona on your return."
Hip guidebook:"Should you be caught up in a frenzied riot during your time in Jakarta, consider yourself fortunate to witness the valid cultural expression of a wonderfully passionate race. Feel free to hurl a Molotov cocktail at the riot squad." (via Jorn>
"A paper around her neck said she was Ida,
but Ida said nothing at all." So tells the story of the saddest, unluckiest girl that ever lived. [more inside]
Must-haves for your coffee table, lavatory reading, or just killing time on the subway: The Nutritional Benefits of Nose Picking
; Perfecting the Art of Fart Projection (NEVER be blamed again!)
; How to Murder a Complete Stranger (and get away with it) [paging scarabic]
. These and other eyebrow-raising books can be yours, assuming you already have a book that you can put these dustjackets on. FlapArt
: The Alternative Book Cover.
"To dream of eating pancakes, denotes that you will have excellent success in all enterprises undertaken at this time." "To dream of lard, signifies a rise in fortune will soon gratify you." "Dairy is a good dream both to the married and unmarried." "To dream of seeing your thigh smooth and white, denotes unusual good luck and pleasure." "To dream of noodles, denotes an abnormal appetite and desires. There is little good in this dream." "To dream of seeing a marmot, denotes that sly enemies are approaching you in the shape of fair women."
-- What's in a Dream?
A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams
by Gustavus Hindman Miller, published in 1901.
Modern Humorist's "Rough Draft: Pop Culture the Way it Almost Was" is finally available.
A few samples are here
. And while I like the Modern Humorist
and enjoyed their first book
I'm partial to The Onion's "Our Dumb Century"
as the funniest.book.ever. As I brace for the sarcastic responses, what do you
think is the funniest book ever written?
Freak Watcher's Textbook.
I am glad I waited to get the textbook before looking at freaks (or freaks eating cats). Now with this professional guide, I can watch like a pro. I assume Sally Struthers will be adding "Freak Watching" to her list of accredited courses.
"Mistakes We Knew We Were Making"
Dave Eggers' new appendix for the paperback edition of AHWOSG
, extends the self-analysis even further. "Typical conversation a month after publication: 'Would it be possible to remove my name?' 'Of course.' 'Why?' 'Well, no offence, but I really didn't think anyone would see the damn book.'"
If you've ever read Scott McCloud
's Understanding Comics
, you must read this mock review of it here
, called Understanding Understanding Comics. I heard that Scott's such a great sport, he even helped out with some of the writing.