Man that’s a hard word to spell. Anyway. Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink is a collection of comedic essays by Patrick F. McManus – he’s written several books – A Fine and Pleasant Misery, They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They? and several others. The vast majority of them have put my father into hysterics more than once (the one about panicking in the woods and ping-ponging off trees while running and screaming is a particularly vivid memory of mine) and they are pretty funny. They’re focused on the outdoors and outdoor activities, though there’s the occasional essay on marriage and parenting and family life as well. I am not sure where my copies have gone, unfortunately. I use to own the three I have listed. (My father – or maybe my grandfather – owned everything McManus has written.) If you like the outdoors (or want validation for NOT liking it!) these are great books.
The index post for Jubilant July can be found here.
Another comedian today. Colbert this time, as his alter ego, Stephen Colbert the conservative dingbat. This book is several years old now, but still a hilarious read. I’m so happy to see Colbert still doing what he loves, and still lampooning politicians every night on The Late Show. The man is one of my role models.
Another Jon Stewart book! This one is a crazy, laugh-out-loud read – as long as you’re willing to see the hilarious in the stupid shit that America has done over the years. If you’re a stick-in-the-mud who thinks America is the best shit to ever happen to humanity, well, this book probably isn’t for you. But I loved it. I don’t actually know if there is a non-Teacher’s Edition – but I wouldn’t buy it if there is. Get the Teacher’s Edition, the footnotes and addendums are worth it.
The Jubilant July index post can be found here.
This might be cheating a little – or at least taking the easy way out – but all the planets I could find in my collection were Earth, and the Moon! (Which isn’t technically a planet!) So here is a comedic book by one of my favorite people on the planet. It’s quite brilliant, but it’s Jon Stewart, so I’m not sure what else anyone would expect!
You can find the #junebookbugs Index Post here.