Tag: humor

P.G. Wodehouse and the Idea of Genius

We might not use the word “genius” in all these contexts, but the mystery is the same. Where did this exceptional ability come from? Is it just another trait like brown eyes or curly hair? We know only that this aptitude defies our disciplines and formulas and couldn’t have been foreseen. Bestowed upon otherwise ordinary people, genius singles them out in one salient regard. It’s a gift that the wise don’t take for granted, a revelation that might beckon each time we visit a gallery, see a movie, attend a concert, open a book.

Goodbye, Norm Macdonald

What all these most profound culture-makers have in common is death-mindedness, which gives them the ability to fully pursue their art, because they don’t pay as much mind to the fleeting: the money, the fame, the critical disapproval.

The Holy Waters, the Bra Tree, and The Unexpected: A...

And then comes the last kayak, plenty buoyant, and in it a beauty contestant in minimal black swimwear.

And Then Came the Chickens, Part Two: A Dispatch from...

“Bawk-bawk be-gehk!” she cries, and I know just where she’s coming from.

And Then Came The Chickens—After the Bobcat: A Dispatch

Heaven favored me with three successive clement weekends.

From the Nut House (And Into the Nut House) the Bar...

They should be required to share a double bed and commit adultery with each other every night—twice if possible.

Bar Jester’s Writing Seminar II; or, How to Write Like a...

If you want to write worse than the average undergraduate male, consider philosophy.

Straight Man: An FPR Revaluation

Her breasts are too good for the local market.

Oneself as Another in the Controlled Burn: A Dispatch

Low flames and smoke and visions of the eschaton.

Something’s Fishy–But Not Very–At Dinnertime

Ingham County, MI As darkness falls upon what a friend of mine charitably calls “Jack-Ass Acres,” and as the promise of rain comes with the...