Coyote V. Acme

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Macmillan, 1996 - Humor - 117 pages
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"When Ian Frazier's first collection of humorous essays, Dating Your Mon, was published in 1986, Time's reviewer Paul Gray called it "hilarious" and warned readers to " read sparingly... By 1996 another collection may appear." And he was rights. Frazier's new collection, Coyote v. Acme, includes twenty-two more side-splitting glimpses into some of the more oddball corners of the American mind." "The title essay imagines the opening statement of an attorney for cartoon character Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme Company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes. Other essays are about the golfing career of comedian Bob Hope, a commencement address given by a Satanist college president, a suburban short story attacked by Germans, the problem of issues versus non-issues, and the theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy from Comrade Stalin."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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COYOTE V. ACME

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Fresh from a memoir cum family history (Family, 1994), the author returns to the antic form with which he first made his name. Here is a gathering of his funny stuff culled from the pages of the ... Read full review

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Frazier's first collection of humor since Dating Your Mom (LJ 1/86) contains 22 pieces spoofing a wide range of subjects from Wylie Coyote to Joseph Stalin, from aggressive New Yorkers to the all ... Read full review

Contents

The Last Segment
3
From the Bank with Your Money on Its Mind
8
Webbing
12
Boswells Life of Don Johnson
18
Where the Bodies Are Buried
23
Brandy by Firelight
27
Child of War
30
Thanks for the Memory
32
Have You Ever
68
Lintons Whatnots
74
Issues and Nonissues
82
Line 46a
88
Dial WHY WORK
92
The Frankest Interview Yet
95
The Novels Main Character
100
Your Face or Mine
105

Coyote v Acme
40
In the Plain Air
47
Ask Sherman Strong
55
The Afternoon of June 8 1991
64
Making Movies in New York
108
Stalins Chuckle
113
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About the author (1996)

Writer and broadcaster Ian Frazier was born in Ohio and educated at Harvard University, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. After his graduation he joined The New Yorker staff and frequently contributes to The Atlantic Monthly. His writing collections Dating Your Mom and Coyote V. Acme earned him a Thurber Prize for American Humor. The Great Plains won a 1990 Spur Award for Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America. Frazier has appeared on the National Public Radio Program A Prairie Home Companion and has acted in Smoke and Blue in the Face, both of which are Wayne Wang and Paul Auster films.

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