Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson's new book is part memoir, part fiction.  If you like your humor on the bizarre side (and who doesn't), this is definitely a must hear.  She grew up in west Texas, a place plagued by high winds, monotonous landscape and insane drivers (the Deluded Triangle is bounded by Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso.)  So who can blame her for developing an imagination to cope with existence on the frontier of civilization?  Compared to Tina Fey and David Sedaris, Lawson is best known for her site The Bloggess, and also for collecting taxidermied animals and holding Zombie Apocalypse drills (while donating to charity.)  Did I mention offbeat?  She knows Wil Wheaton, an actor who sometimes narrates audiobooks (see Ready Player One), and they share a love of poker.  Writing is like poker, actually.  You are dealt cards by genetics according to the laws of chance (if not Hoyle), and it helps (if you're trying to do comedy) to have a horrific childhood.  Jenny seems to qualify there (as do I, come to think of it.)  Lawson also narrates the book, sounding a little like Jessica Simpson on LSD.  (See interview at this site.)  Did she really sneak a dead Cuban alligator onto an airplane because she felt it needed an adventure?  You'll have to listen to find out.  And hear about the angry post-it notes she leaves for her husband.  LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED is just over 8 hours, unabridged.

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