The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307387332, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
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As John Hodgman says in this book's introduction, “We all know that books are funny. First, they are made of paste and cloth, which is funny, as is the fact that people still buy and read them.” With that in mind, the McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes collects the best book-related humor from the humor-laden archives of McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Open it and be regaled by such sketches, lists, letters, and spoofs as:
Postcards from James Joyce to his Brother Stan
Winnie-the-Pooh is My Coworker
Ikea Product or Lord of the Rings Character?
Popular Children's Fairy Tales Reimagined Using Members of My Family
The Very Unauthorized Biography of Steven Seagal
Chuck Norris Erotica
John Updike, Television Writer
Jane Eyre Runs for President
Cormac McCarthy Writes to the Editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican
Holden Caulfield Gives the Commencement Speech to a High School
Letters from Odysseus's College Roommate
And many dozens more.
McSweeney's is a small group that sells taxidermy equipment and also produces books, a literary quarterly, and The Believer, a monthly review. Based in San Francisco, McSweeney's is also home to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit educational center for Bay Area youth.
John Hodgman has been published in the The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. He has also contributed to Public Radio International's This American Life, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Wiretap and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Hodgman's book, The Areas of My Expertise, was published in 2005. Hodgman has recently had much exposure personifying a PC in Apple's "Get a Mac" advertising campaign.