Thursday, July 4, 2013

Good for a Belly Laugh

I recently was home for an extended period of time and was able to listen to NPR's Fresh Air for a week - what a treat! Interviewer Terry Gross is known for her sharp insights and the depth of her interviews. One thing I have noticed over the years is that she has a soft spot for "lowbrow" comedy. Her recent interview of Seth Rogen shows that his movies really hit her funny bone - she does not need to pretend to enjoy his sense of humor.
Serendipity, one of my favorite methods of finding books, recently pointed me in the direction of two "lowbrow" comedy books - Damn You, Autocorrect! by Jillian Madison and When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli.

My phone is so old that texting is not an option. But I am intimately familiar with a computer that thinks it is smarter than I am and wants to change the word I am typing. Evidently the autocorrect function for texting comes up with some really doozies - why would you change the word thing to thong? Or whenever to wieners? How about coworkers to Visigoths? This makes no sense, and there are a ton of hilarious autocorrected texts out there. Luckily Jillian Madison has set up a website to capture many of these texts. I will just say that I laughed so hard reading this book I had to ration myself to 5 pages/day. And I had to read it when I was home alone, because I would start gasping for air from laughing so hard, and want to share every single page in the book, which tends to be distracting to anyone who happens to be around. These texts are definitely low on the lowbrow end of things.
If you like the idea of humorous texts but are interested in a tamer version, check out When Parents Text. This collection looks at not just the autocorrect, but the general mayhem of parents excited about texting, but not entirely sure of what they are doing. Or knowing exactly what they are doing and finding a new method to nag their kids. The experts say laughter is the best medicine, so if you need a good lowbrow belly laugh, look no further.
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