Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category (Paperback)

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Now this is not humor for everyone. A good litmus test is to try out the
title "The Spirit of Christmas" or the transcript for the unused
commentary for The Lord of the Rings. If these ideas don't grab you,
this might not be your cup of tea. But, if you are like me, this unique
collection of eccentric humor will be a treasure you'll feel lucky to
have found.

— Matt


Now more than ever, Americans are troubled by questions. As sweaty modernity thrusts itself upon us, the veil of ignorance that cloaked our nation hangs in tatters, tattered tatters. Our "funny bones" are neither fun nor bony. Glum is the new giddy, and the old giddy wasn't too giddy to begin with.


What can be done to stop this relentless march of drabbery? Nothing. But perhaps this book can be used to dull the pain. Included herein:


The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over Italian Radio


Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum Series Extended Edition), Part One.


How Important Moments in My Life Would Have Been Different If I Was Shot in the Stomach


My Beard, Reviewed


Circumstances under Which I Would Have Sex with Some of My Fellow Jurors


Words That Would Make Nice Names for Babies, If It Weren't for Their Unsuitable Meanings


As a Porn Movie Titler, I May Lack Promise


Ineffective Ways to Subdue a Jaguar


Eleven Lunch Meats I Have Invented


Four Things I Would Have Said to Sylvia Plath if I Had Been Her Boyfriend


And much, much more, including 20 brilliant new lists . . .

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

"Achieves the sensation of being hit by a hip, humorous train. . . . Breaks mold after mold in hilarious fashion." —The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400076857
ISBN-10: 1400076854
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 14th, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Vintage

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