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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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Monday
Oct172005

Here's something you will like.

You should read The Man From Beyond, by Gabriel Brownstein. Gabriel is the husband of a friend of my sister’s, so I know him, but it’s in a “What’s your name, again? Alex?” kind of way, so it’s not like I’m writing this because he and I are total buds*. The book is a fictionalized account of the friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Houdini—specifically, about their opposing viewpoints on spiritualism. I’m no book critic, or I would say smart things about it. Instead I am a blogger whose IQ is on a rapid downward spiral, so I will say that it has ectoplasm and pseudopods and stuff! It’s incredibly entertaining and yet also manages to have fleshed-out characters and fully developed themes; in other words, it's not a piece of fluff. Read it. And tell me what you think.


*My friend Jessie once said about her relationship with some other person, “Oh, we’re total buds,” and I have not let her live it down**, even though this was more than seven years ago. Total buds! And now it’s here on my blog, for you, my Internet Friend, to enjoy!

** Another thing I will not let someone live down: when my friend Scott (as opposed to husband Scott—oh, Jews of Connecticut, why did you name your boys Scott?), nine or so years ago, said to us at dinner, “I learned this great comeback. When someone says something you don’t like? You hold up your hand like this and you say, ‘Talk to the hand.’” ***

***Ha ha ha ha!

Reader Comments (40)

De-lurking to thank you for the book recommendation. I just requested it from the library.
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered Commentergina
Ridiculing people is a personal fav thing I like to do. I see you have it down to fine art. Do you offer courses?
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJoan
Dude!?! What's wrong with that? If I abandon the DUDE, I will be admitting I am fully fifteen years older than I think I am.

Don't crush my last illusion. Dude.
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermadge
I also use Dude. I sometimes use it so much -- it gets stuck at the top of my brain's vocabulary list -- that its usage stops being ironic and becomes just Dude. I am not proud of this.

The word "awesome" sometimes gets stuck up there, too. But though I might say, "Dude, can you go get me another one of these brownies? They're awesome!" I would NEVER say, "Awesome, dude!" And that makes all the difference. Right?

- also 33 y.o. And, I might as well admit, married to the Talk to the Hand Scott. Heh.
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterS-Way
OMG! That "Talk To The Hand" thing is brilliant! I'm going to start using it!

October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Mimi Smartypants called. She wants her footnotes back.
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLOD
I am rubber, and you are glue. Also: shut up.
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteralice
AHAHAHHAAHA I am now hard-pressed to say which I liked better: This entry, or the last two comments. Hee!
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMir
Finslippy, you are hilarious. I don’t think “dude” is dated because Hurley (Hugo, pardon me) on “Lost” uses it. I use it like he does of course. I was also called “the bomb” last year by someone who is about 15 years younger than I am. I’m the bomb.
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaR
I often tell my one year old to 'chill, dude.' Is that wrong?
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn
to LOD: Dude! you're awesome!
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterz.
Dude! My Rabbi is named Scott. He's from NYC and a graduate of Yeshiva U. WHAT were his parents thinking?
October 18, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermargalit
31yo and I use dude too--to certain people at least. Nobody thinks we are cool anymore anyway, so we might as well enjoy ourselves.
October 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
I embrace my inner and outer dork.
October 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
I am 37 and call my husband dude to preface roommate-type issues, as in "Dude, are you going to take out the trash or what?"
October 19, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Weeze

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