Thursday, May 31, 2007
The Book of Fark
Under normal circumstances, me plugging Drew Curtis of Fark.com would be like a middle school student council president endorsing a candidate for the White House.
As it turns out though, these aren't normal circumstances.
Beginning today, you and all your friends can get your hands on Drew's new book, It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News. It's a scathing, hilarious and undeniably depressing look at the state of the modern media -- a 24-hour-a-day beast that, when it's not trying to convince you that you're about to be eaten by a shark, is content to beam Lindsay Lohan and water-skiing squirrels into your living room and claim it all as proof of journalistic superiority.
It's basically the stuff I give first-hand accounts of all the time right here on these virtual pages, which means that the best compliment I can pay the book is to say that I wish I'd written it.
On a personal note, Drew has been a good friend to me and an avid reader and supporter of this site for some time, and I have no doubt that much of the exposure I've been lucky enough to garner over the past year has come as a direct result of his favor.
Which has absolutely no bearing on the fact that his book really is spectacular.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy; if nothing else you can read the blurb from me on the back cover -- the one that not only puts my name right next to those of Stephen King and Dave Barry, but will also almost surely land my ass in the unemployment line in the very near future.