Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Simon Rich

Simon Rich is a very funny writer. I first heard of him after reading an article in The New Yorker in the "Shouts and Murmurs" section. Usually I don't find the section funny, but Rich's articles were clearly hilarious. They are made up of brief snippets like the one that follows: the premise is established in the title, then the piece briefly works through the premise.

Here is an excerpt from one of his pieces.

I. A Conversation at the Grownup Table, as Imagined at the Kids’ Table

MOM: Pass the wine, please. I want to become crazy.


GRANDMOTHER: Did you see the politics? It made me angry.

DAD: Me, too. When it was over, I had sex.

UNCLE: I’m having sex right now.

DAD: We all are.

MOM: Let’s talk about which kid I like the best.

DAD: (laughing) You know, but you won’t tell.

MOM: If they ask me again, I might tell.

FRIEND FROM WORK: Hey, guess what! My voice is pretty loud!

DAD: (laughing) There are actual monsters in the world, but when my kids ask I pretend like there aren’t.

MOM: I’m angry! I’m angry all of a sudden!

DAD: I’m angry, too! We’re angry at each other!

MOM: Now everything is fine.

DAD: We just saw the PG-13 movie. It was so good.

MOM: There was a big sex.

FRIEND FROM WORK: I am the loudest! I am the loudest!

(Everybody laughs.)

MOM: I had a lot of wine, and now I’m crazy!

GRANDFATHER: Hey, do you guys know what God looks like?

ALL: Yes.

GRANDFATHER: Don’t tell the kids.

Read the rest of the article here.

Check out his book, "Ant Farm," here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just requested this book from the Library. I kept laughing about it the next day. Thanks for the introduction.