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TEDtalk : Chip Kidd book designer

every morning while i am waiting for the migraine meds to kick in i put a TED talk or three on the box. THIS one is particularly good. i wonder how long it will take me to watch them all?

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Pointless Pursuit: My Year of Picaresque Personal Ads

A petty act of revenge in the form of a droll online personal ad generated appreciative fan mail, turning the author’s head, and leading to this, an embarkation on a year-long project of writing and posting story-style “personals” on Cragislist. Readers have described these vignettes (with admiration) as byzantine, ridiculously obscure, and slapstick. A true parody of the genre, filled with historical trivia and tinted by a nostalgia for the past, this folie a deux of fiction and fact mixed up to surrealist proportions will leave you breathless and bewildered, but happy to have been along for the ride. A few errant lines from the book: I was born in the same Roman casino and at the same moment that King Farouk died. My mother had gone into labor presumably from the shock incurred by having been unjustly accused of counting cards… I have my share of unfulfilled dreams…such as running my own cock-fighting emporium in Mexico and reconstituting the Flying Wallendas, but as world-class touring canasta players… My grandfather also once told me that he had eleven days of whoopee with a young English novelist. They schtupped the stuffing out of each other, under the “L” in a vermin-ridden room of a salesmen’s hotel… I would flee Vaduz, and that world of dusk-ribboned ceilings of fixed arcadia. That world that had greeted me with ormolu sunsets was one that had also sent me off with those unknowable, sickly strains plumbed from the depths… When Mother entered the room, she discovered Roman wearing only a stippled foulard scarf, violently thrashing Father’s behind with a wangee cane… If I had the prescience to detect the loosening shards that would litter my path, I would have intensified my exertions and joined Michael Rockefeller’s expedition to Irian Jaya…

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paddle faster, i hear banjos

i haven’t taken the boat out as much as i’d like, i need to buy a new battery, mine was stolen out of the back of the truck. i have a borrowed trolling motor, so i need one of those too, as well as a charger…but i did find this shirt at the salvation army.

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recycled post – funniest book you never read #4

The Haphazard Gourmet by Richard Gehman (1966) I am almost loathe to share this title with you, it’s one of the titles I keep in multiples, so I always have one to give away. I wouldn’t want to create a rush on it, leaving me unable to afford to buy more. Richard Gehman was a […]

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird

I tried to watch the 11:00 news last night…which is a big deal…seriously I haven’t watch television news since probably the last national tragedy…i get my news from NPR like a grown up…and the local news whores led with a youtube video of a woman taking a pee on the carpet of a store…WTF? how […]

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Biking by book

cialis order When I went looking for books on cycling I found there seems to be a grand tradition of people going about in strange lands on two wheels and writing about it afterward…well at least as far back as the Victorians. The most famously read is Around the world on a bicycle By Thomas […]

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guest post – from Chisholm Trail Bookstore

Dear Santa Claus: If it’s not too much trouble, I ask the following things for Christmas. I know some of them are impossible, but I would like you to try, please try. 1. An intelligent conversation with a few folk that doesn’t involve God, football, or children. I realize that that might be a stretch, […]

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Aaron Sorkin Conjures a Meeting of Obama and Bartlet

Op-Ed ColumnistAaron Sorkin Conjures a Meeting of Obama and Bartlet By MAUREEN DOWDPublished: September 20, 2008 Now that he’s finally fired up on the soup-line economy, Barack Obamaknows he can’t fade out again. He was eager to talk privately to aDemocratic ex-president who could offer more fatherly wisdom — not tomention a surreptitious smoke — […]

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calendar girl

Amazing isn’t it? 100 years ago children were let out of school in the summer time to help work the family farms and here we are a century later still living by that time table. June, July and most of August were so slow that I have decided to get a summer job next year, […]

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Bibliophile essay contest – Entrant #6

from Dennis Mulcahy @ Second Story Books, Springfield I am selling ideas and the wisdom of the ages. Masterfully constructed tales that can inspire hope and provide solace. I am selling entertainment and humor to lighten the ravaged soul. I am selling exotic theories and the simple universality we all share in being human. I […]

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