Posts Tagged: humor
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"Is Conscious Uncoupling Anything Like Really Terrific Opera?"

GROSS: O.K., so what it sounds like is that conscious uncoupling is more comparable to free jazz than, say, bebop or swing. That’s very interesting. Is conscious uncoupling anything like really terrific opera?

PALTROW: No, Terry. In fact, I would say that conscious uncoupling is kind of the opposite, because really terrific opera is very dramatic, and conscious uncoupling …

GROSS: Is what? Poorly paced? Overtly experimental? Badly staged?

PALTROW: I was going to say that it seeks to be very undramatic.

Our friend/mad genius Sarah Miller is at The New Yorker, imagining a Terry Gross and Gwyneth Paltrow breakdown of the latter's [...]

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What If a Women's Magazine Editor Edited a BBC News Story About Syria?

HED: Syria (READER WON’T KNOW WHERE THAT IS) government site (WHAT SITE?) in Damascus (READER WON’T KNOW WHERE THAT IS ) hit by huge (HOW HUGE) bomb

Civilians (MEANING EVERYONE IN THE CITY WHO IS NOT IN THE ARMY? THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE) in Damascus (AGAIN: OUR READER DOES NOT NECESSARILY KNOW WHERE DAMASCUS IS.) have been caught in the middle (WHERE IN THE MIDDLE? SO ALL THESE PEOPLE, LITERALLY EVERYONE IN SYRIA WHO IS NOT IN THE ARMY, ARE CAUGHT ‘IN THE MIDDLE’? IS THERE ANYONE WHO IS NOT? DID YOU TALK TO THOSE PEOPLE? MIGHT HELP GIVE BALANCED PERSPECTIVE.) of clashes between government forces [...]

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“mootz-arell”

"Earnest foodie is despondent owing to an inability to conceal his revulsion at much ballyhooed stew of braised organ meats and raw root vegetables."

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Peppy Pecan Pie

Shockingly, the people over at the Chicago Manual of Style have great senses of humor. Or is that "have a great sense of humor"?

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Expansion of French Women Don't Series

INTERNAL PUBLISHING MEMO

In light of the success of French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure and its follow-up French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude, the series will be expanded in 2015 with the following titles:

Older Danish Women Don't Mind Looking Leathery: The Secret to Having 5 weeks paid Vacation Days and Virtually No Melanin

With a charming blend of Nordic wit and insight, Lærke Pederson observes that Americans live in the only highly developed country that doesn't require employers to provide paid vacation time. This, Pederson explains, is why American women are so pale and sad.

Italian Women Don't Tiger Mom Their Boys: [...]

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The Funny Girls Pie

 

Previously: The Rob Ford Pie

Ann Friedman is laughing at the ghost of Christopher Hitchens.

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Short Lists

Games the cats are good at

1. Playing dead

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Things to do after you talk to your ex on the phone and find out your other ex just broke up with the girl he started dating two weeks after you ended your four year relationship (not that you can complain because you were already sleeping with the ex you’re now on the phone with and anyway now you’re in a happy relationship and engaged), which knowledge on the part of your ex causes you to wonder if he might now be sleeping with your other ex’s ex

1. Take a bong hit

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Things to do [...]

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Welcome to My Pity Party

Hello, hi, and welcome to my Pity Party! Coats can go in the bedroom. Hey there! Please check your positive attitude at the door. Thank you for coming! So good to see—well, no—mainly not-good to see you, all of you, smiling. But still, let’s get this party started! Let’s get this thing in motion! Let’s initiate the nonstop meaningless crying over the Broncos’ defeat.

Aperitif?

I’ll be the first to admit: this year so far has not been The Best. It isn’t as bad as last year, and it’s easier than what I expect of next year, but yeah, nope, 2014—what are we, a month or so in?—has been tough. [...]

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And I Said: "Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!"

While going through the March 2013 issue of Poetry to figure out who to spotlight this month, I found myself chuckling happily at three different poems by Dan Brown ("Nose Job" and "Girl-Watching" and "Judo") because they were…funny. Well-crafted, obviously, and written by an experienced hand, but just…funny! And it's rare, you know, for modern poets who write for adults to turn their hand to funny poems, generally. We used to have the Dorothy Parkers, and Larkin allowed himself some dry yawps from time to time, and there's the whole world of nonsense rhymes, but most of them have gone the way of the dodo.

So, [...]

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Don't Watch Memento, and Other Tattoos

— A chubby toddler. It would have been an angel, but heaven is merely a construct to distract us from the inevitability of death.

— Tub of Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. To calm you down when you start thinking about whether heaven is merely a construct to distract us from the inevitability of death.

Frank Lesser envisions Tattoos for the Terrified, and Lisa Hanawalt illustrates.