Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations (Paperback)

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Remember the bible story of Abraham taking his son Isaac up the mountain
to kill him because God asked for a sacrifice? Well, if you don’t
think that a conversation on the way back down the hill (when God said,
“Nah, I can tell you mean it. Don’t kill him.”) is funny, then this is
not the book for you.
Each of these stories is about 5 pages or less, and I laughed every
single time I opened it.
THE perfect book to have on hand when you only have a second to read,
but want the satisfaction of a beginning, middle, and end.

— Jessilynn


In Ant Farm, former Harvard Lampoon president Simon Rich finds humor in some very surprising places. Armed with a sharp eye for the absurd and an overwhelming sense of doom, Rich explores the ridiculousness of our everyday lives. The world, he concludes, is a hopelessly terrifying place–with endless comic potential.

–If your girlfriend gives you some “love coupons” and then breaks up with you, are the coupons still valid?

–What kind of performance pressure does an endangered male panda feel when his captors bring the last remaining female panda to his cage?

–If murderers can get into heaven by accepting Jesus, just how awkward is it when they run into their victims?

Join Simon Rich as he explores the extraordinary and hilarious desperation that resides in ordinary life, from cradle to grave.

"Hilarious." –Jon Stewart

About the Author

Simon Rich has written for The New Yorker, GQ, Mad, The Harvard Lampoon, and other magazines. He was part of the writing staff of Saturday Night Live and Pixar. He is the author of a novel, Elliot Allagash, and two humor collections, Free-Range Chickens and Ant Farm, which was a finalist for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He lives in Brooklyn.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781400065882
ISBN-10: 1400065887
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2007
Pages: 160
Language: English

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