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Deeper Thoughts

deeper thoughts jack handeyDeeper Thoughts by Jack Handey, 5/5

This is a hilarious collection of random, unreasonably funny quotes, such as:

“Probably the earliest fly swatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.”

“I wish my name was Todd, because then I could say, ‘Yes, my name’s Todd.  Todd Blankenship.’  Oh, also I wish my last name was Blankenship.”

“Sometimes I think I’d be better off dead.  No, wait.  Not me, you.”

[Why I read it: I came across the book in the thrift store and recognized the author from reading his stuff online.  I bought the book for my brother, Samuel, but had to read it before sending it to him.]

 

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

loves labours lost shakespeareLove’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare, 4/5

Armed only with the ambiguous aid of some humourless footnotes and crusty endnotes, I could sense a veritable jet stream of jokes, puns and witticism blowing right over my head.  How I missed my customary “cheater’s edition,” with its modern English translations on each facing page!  Unfortunately for me and my limited understanding of Elizabethan English, the play is more dialogue- than plot-driven and, though the premise is cute and there were many funny moments, I often found myself quoting one movie-watcher’s insightful comment on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999): “I can’t understand a damn word they are saying…”

[Why I read it: One day last week, I had an hour to kill while waiting for a ride.  Imagine my horror when I looked in my backpack and found myself bookless (French homework obviously doesn’t count).  Like a literary knight in shining armour, my sister produced her personal copy of Love’s Labour’s Lost, thus banishing my unhappy state.]