Truth might be notoriously stranger than fiction, but irony can hit more nails on the head...
The best bit on Susan Rice vs. Stupid-Old-Republican-Windbags was done by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
I noticed a headline in some newspaper about NBC seeking a successor for Katie Couric and recalled an earlier strip by my favorite cartoonist.
For those of you that do not know Danae, she this interesting little girl has more than filled the footsteps of Eloise. Then again, her horizon ranges far beyond the Plaza Hotel and her field of interests is unbounded. Like any child, she is able to frustrate even the most-patient of fathers with her worldview and antics. This girl gets irony...
Anyone with a sense of humor, an appreciation of irony, and a minimum level of general knowledge (needed to get the irony!), will love Jon Stewart's Earth. (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race ) It's a book version of the best trockenbeerenauslese, chocolate truffles, or high-butterfat-contentbutter pecan ice cream: rich and satisfying. All are meant to be sipped or nibbled (except the ice cream, on which you can pig out) a bit at a time every few days and savored in a world of banal flavors.
If you're looking for something more intellectually stimulating and challenging, then you should try Richard Dawkins' fascinating book. The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
It's the time of month you've all been waiting for...
Believe it or not, I remember promising to make this a regular monthly feature.
Despite of my disdain for horoscopes, I do recognize the creative talent needed to write such nonsense. Several years ago, I received a copy of the definitive horoscope. I think this was written by some clever New York advertising copywriter or team of writers. It is definitely irreverent and ironical, but does contain a glimmer of truth (whatever that is). Each should be able to recognize one or the other personal trait or something irritating in someone you know.
Horoscopes and alchemy are similar: each "science" tries to produce something of value from nothing. Alchemy has been debunked, but horoscopes continue to thrive. A clever use of words can manipulate the hopes and emotions of certain gullible people. (Where have we heard that before? It seems to be a common thread in thoughts about human beings.)
You have a vivid imagination and often think you are being followed by the FBI or CIA. You have minor influence over your associates and people resent you for flaunting your power. You lack confidence and are generally a coward. Pisces people screw small animals.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.