Two books are released nationally today. This is both an announcement and warning.
And a sale-a-bration of what bookselling has come to.
One, “Sh*t My Dad Says,” (linked here), is a spin off of a Twitter account by Justin Halpern, who would tweet things that his 73-year-old dad, Sam, would say.
Yes, Twitter has become a part of literary history in book form. With an ISBN number and everything. It’s 176 pages, $15.99.
Or free if you’ve collected Twitter posts over the last few months. Like:
“The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.”
“If you’re wondering if there is a real man behind the quotes on Twitter, the answer is a definite and laugh-out-loud yes,” writes Christian Lander in a review. She’s a New York Times bestselling author of “Stuff White People Like.”
Other stuff white people (and those of all races, creeds and colors) seem to like: Stuff by Rick Reilly.
His new book, “Sports from Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition” (linked here) is a spin off from Rick Reilly’s head. Two-hundred and twenty four pages worth, for $26.
This excerpt about chess boxing has been up on the ESPN.com site, under Reilly’s mug, since April 15 (linked here).
Reilly says he flew around the planet with his new wife to do this book during the time he was off between leaving Sports Illustrated and getting to work at ESPN.
Great idea. Kind of like a couple of books on our shelf already that kind of cover this territory.
“No Dribbling the Squid: Octopush, Shin Kicking, Elephant Polo and Other Oddball Sports,” by Michael J. Rosen (linked here) came out last October.
It profiles “more than 70 fringe, far-fetched, and frightening sports” … including chess boxing. The author doesn’t always participate in these events, though. So maybe that’s how Reilly’s book
is better differs. And it’s more pages (240) for only $12.99.
Bart King’s “The Pocket Guide To Games” (linked here), which came out in 2008, is one of our favorites to have when kids are around and you’re trying to come up with something to do with nominal material. It could easily develop into a sport of professional magitude.
Such as (page 90): Potato Race.
Needed: Six-plus players and either a gym, playground or indoor facility.
How it works:
“This potato race can also be played with eggs, thought his is generally a waste of eggs.”
It involves moving a potato with a spoon down a line of participants. Simple stuff.
And a warning: “Do not let small children engage in this event before meals as tater tots may prove distracting to the contestants.”
Funny stuff. Note that, Riles. But don’t copy it. And don’t deny it. The worst thing anyone can be is … a liar, right?
According to the Rickster’s official site (linked here), he’ll be scribbing witicism in copies of books you purchase all over the place, but you’ll have to go to this Daily News link (linked here) to know about his appearance at Borders in Westwood on May 17.
And here’s one more shot of Reilly, emerging from a 261 degree sauna after lasing three minutes, 10 seconds in the World Sauna Championships in Finland. Yes, he got to expense that on his income taxes somehow. ‘Cause he
thought of it first did it funniest.