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    The book is a work of parody, but also of poetry. Zambra turns the structure and questions of the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test, finally phased out in 2003, into a new literary form. In the section titled “Sentence Completion,” the entries read like Mad Lib aphorisms: 41. And if they have any _______ left, that’s what ______ for. A) energy sports are B) hope reality is C) illusions the void is D) dissent the cops are E) neurons crack cocaine is
    Note: My teaching pals should check this out. Also fans of wit.
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    In their interaction with a man called Romeo, described as satanic by the reservation’s priest, the residents of the assisted-living home are the source of this serious novel’s unexpected comedy. The old people punish Romeo for pilfering their drugs by concocting a drink that provides him with both an unstoppable erection and uncontrollable diarrhea.
    Note: Lol.
  • peter shared from Sunny's Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World by Tim Sultan
    “I was traveling cross-country with a friend of mine and we stopped in Reno. He had to make some calls so I said, ‘I’ll call home.’ I put the kern in the phone and it spits out like two, three bucks. I put another kern in the phone and out comes more money. I was playing the phones! That was my Reno gambling experience. I played the phones and I came out ahead.”
    Note: I love this book. Anyone familiar with the inside of a bar should read this.
  • peter shared from Sunny's Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World by Tim Sultan
    But now he grasped my hand with the vigor and enthusiasm and curiosity of a man coming upon a compatriot after months lost in the jungle. It was a greeting startling in its sincerity and intensity, and one that I would come to see made to others many times. It expressed: “You belong.”
  • peter shared from The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine by E. J. Fleming
    Next door was Warner Brothers and eccentric studio chief Jack Warner, whose first response was something less than patriotic. Worried his large sound stages would look like the nearby aircraft hangers he had workers paint the name "LOCKHEED" in 50-foot-tall letters on the roof of his biggest soundstage, along with a 100-foot arrow pointing in Lockheed's direction. When a Civil Air Patrol pilot saw the sign and it made the papers, Warner painted over it.
    Note: Nice.