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The Big Book of MISC
October 15th, 2009 by admin

The first 13 years of this endeavor in handy paperback format

The Big Book of MISC.

TheConfused by today’s ever-morphing, ever-bifurcating, ever-weirder culture?

Good.

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.


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