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Tuesday
Apr042006

Oprah's Book Club is proud to announce...

manliness2.jpgIf you’ve never heard of Maddox, the in-your-colon rant-master, get ready to rumble, because yesterday the Alphabet of Manliness hit #1 on Amazon. (It’s bouncing around between #1 and #3 at the moment). His blog’s been silent for many a moon and I thought he probably was a victim of his own spontaneous combustion. Now we know better as his hardback has dropped in on the literary world like a scud missile.

I’m not saying that he's the next Tolstoy. Far from it. More like a bookish version of Tre Parker and Matt Stone.

If you don’t appreciate his humor, at least check out the Amazon page. According to Amazon...

Customers who bought this book also bought:

  • I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell  by Tucker Max
  • Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book  by Robert Hamburger
  • The Modern Drunkard  by Frank Kelly Rich
  • The Complete A**hole's Guide to Handling Chicks  by Dan Indante
  • Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex  by Robin Baker
  • Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way  by Bruce Campbell
  • The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide  by Douglas Walker

And customers tagged this item with:

Pulitzer Prize, spirituality, religious awakening, Nobel Prize for Manliness, testicular fortitude, huge balls, self-help and my personal favorite, Oprahs Book Club.

Kinda gets you right there doesn't it? 

Tuesday
Apr042006

Latest sign of the Apocalypse

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Paris Hilton being considered to play Mother Theresa in upcoming feature film.
As Norm MacDonald says, "who needs punchlines when you have the word crackwhore?" Apparently Courtney Love and Shannon Doherty were too busy to attend auditions. In related news Kid Rock will be playing Pimp John Paul II in the new Broadway musical, Pimpin' the V.

Monday
Apr032006

Who's up for some urinal soccer?

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It's great to be a guy. Not only can you pee standing up, but now you can score a hattrick next time you're in the loo. This explains all those awkward times I've been at a pub and overheard "GOAL!" coming from the men's room.

(And a special shout-out to Kevin and Maryke who are following Team USA to Germany for the World Cup!) 

Monday
Apr032006

Dealing with complacency. Or, why I’ll get around to writing a funnier headline later

homer.jpgI was having lunch with friends, playing Suck/Doesn’t Suck. One of those useless things my friends do. (Like getting drunk and winding up naked and stuck in a kiddie-swing, but that’s another story).

The lunchtime consensus was that Richard Marx and Michael Bolton do indeed suck. But that the Kinks and Lyle Lovett don’t suck. There was debate about Cheap Trick, John Mayer and even Barry Manilow.

The real head-scratchers were Billy Joel and Sting. Incredible in the early years. But their last albums clearly plowing the soil of Suckville. We reasoned that when they were young, they were hungry troubadours, but once they "made it" they lost their anger. Lost their passion. Lost whatever it was that made their music worth listening to. (Damn you Betty Ford Clinic, damn you).

With that in mind, do you reckon (I just used the word reckon) that this happens to NYT bestselling authors? Do they get complacent? Is this why it takes Thomas Harris so long to write a follow-up book? And does Stephen King’s Cell have the sparkling edge of his earlier books––granted, he did more drugs than Courtney Love in his early days.

Do successful authors get complacent? Does your favorite author get better, or worse, as the books roll out? What about you?