The first 13 years of this endeavor in handy paperback format
The Big Book of MISC.
Confused by today’s ever-morphing, ever-bifurcating, ever-weirder culture?
Get used to it.
And there’s no handier way than with MISC., the pop-culture report that pushes the manila envelope of society’s fissures and connections; as seen from the city that’s given America strong beer, loud bands, and billionaire nerds.
Over 600 of the smartest, silliest, and poignant-est items from thirteen years of Clark Humphrey’s MISC. reports are now in one handy, 240-page, trade-paperback volume, The Big Book of Misc., including the following:
- on GENDER:
“Women aren’t just different from men. They’re different from other women.”
- on SEATTLE:
“It’s big and awkward, but thinks it’s little and cute—it’s the Baby Huey of cities.”
- on THE VALUE OF JUNK FOOD:
“You won’t find the spirit of England on Masterpiece Theatre. You’ll find it in cucumber sandwiches, warm beer, and fish-and-chips wrapped in newspaper.”
- on MICROSOFT WINDOWS:
“Bill Gates’s version of the old Ritz cracker recipe for Mock Apple Pie.”
- on ‘TEEN SLANG’ IN ADS:
“How old white people think young white people think young black people talk.”
- on CONTRADICTIONS:
“If American culture weren’t full of them, it wouldn’t be American culture.”
- on FOOTBALL:
“The city should rename a street on the Kingdome’s Fourth Avenue South side ‘South Long Street,’ so the Seahawks would have an official address at Fourth and Long.”
- on MOVING TO THE COUNTRY:
“Stop running away from your problems. Stay in town. Fight to make it better.”
- on ‘SAFER SEX’:
“Imagining the person you’re about to have sex with is really Morley Safer should stop anything from happening.”
- on RETAIL CONSOLIDATION:
“It’s a good thing drug stores don’t come with combination warning labels.”
- on ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ ON ICE’:
“When the witch melts, do they freeze over her remains? If not, how do they finish?”
- on WORDS vs. IMAGES:
“Pictures merely deceive. Words lie.”
Learn to love the chaos.
Read The Big Book of Misc.
For a copy of the ultra-rare limited first edition, email me. New print-on-demand and ebook versions should be available soon.