Satire for the bookish set
MCs are never as funny as comedians, because trying to introduce something funny is inevitably not particularly funny. That said, there are a couple of satires online that are, you know, really funny!
First, let me introduce Mister Ben Greenman at the New Yorker ... stand back, folks, he's gonna make like Manny and knock it outta the park!
We were in the back room of a bookstore. He shut the door and looked around cautiously. "Come on," he said. "You won’t believe how it makes you feel."
"No way," I said. "I believe in this art form the way it used to be: a result of natural talent and nothing but."
"Times have changed" he said. “Only big books are big books, if you catch my drift. You think anyone would give Djuna Barnes or Nathanael West the time of day now?” I looked over. He was typing furiously.
“Hey,” I said. “What are you doing?"
That's right, read the whole thing and come back for our next act: author Jason Pinter, writing on his blog. To set this one up I gotta direct you to Esquire, where Benjamin Alsup "reads Dean Koontz and David Baldacci and more from America's new literary canon of popular but insipid fiction, so you don't have to." Pinter imagines the planning meeting:
A big hand for these boys, ladies and gentlemen! And thanks for stopping by our little shew.
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