Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Parenting Tip #1

Evelyn Waugh considered his son James to have no sense of humor. So as a corrective, he required his son to read and recite a joke to him every day. At a loss, his son went out and bought a compendium of popular jokes. Every day James would read a joke aloud to his father while Evelyn was eating lunch, and Evelyn would respond by staring straight ahead and continuing his meal without ever smiling or laughing.

(Paraphrased from Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes, by Jim Holt.)


Monday, May 11, 2009

Attention Friends in Portland and Seattle

not to mention Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Chicago - Janelle Brown will be on her paperback book tour for All We Ever Wanted Was Everything this summer.

First cities up are Portland (May 14) and Seattle (May 15).

Find her complete tour information here.

Or buy the book here.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Not very mature,

but I did enjoy the headline to this article: "Homeowners on Sunset Widening."

(Yes, you guessed it - homeowners are weighing in on plans to widen Sunset Boulevard near Brentwood, but it's funnier my way.)