Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spoofs and other humor

USA Today's book review section this morning has Donna Freydkin's take on the new spoof of James Fry's A Million Little Pieces, whose downfall was covered in this blog earlier. In an impressively short time, author James Pinocchio (sic) has turned out: A Million Little Lies. As she says, this would have made a good short piece in the online satirical newspaper, The Onion, but this satire wears out its welcome even at 208 pages.
In other humorous books news, USA Today covers Will Blythe's To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever. A UNC gaduate, Blythe is referring to his hatred of all things Duke, basketball or otherwise. For more on this college rivalry, read Blue Blood: Duke Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops by Art Chansky. (Full disclosure: blog author is a UNC parent.)
Another satire reviewed in USA Today is How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life by Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan. The premise is that Opal's immigrant parents who had a plan for How Opal Will Get Into Harvard (HOWGIH) are told by a Harvard admissions officer that Opal needs to be more "well rounded," so they come up with plan B, How Opal Will Get a Life (HOWGAL.) It sounds like a fun read.

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