Saturday, June 13, 2009
“HOW TO GET MARRIED — BY ME, THE BRIDE.” By Sally Lloyd-Jones. Illustrated by Sue Heap Schwartz & Wade. $16.99. (Ages 4 to 8) The in-charge voice here will be recognizable to fans of “How to Be a Baby — by Me, the Big Sister.” The sage advice is wittily illustrated (“You can marry someone who is just like you, or someone who isn’t” goes with a picture of Baby Brother admiring himself in the mirror) and full of ideas for playing wedding make-believe, involving cake, presents and pets. Read review here.
Labels: how to get married
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Dario Fo, born in San Giano, Italy (1926), who wrote The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970) and won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1997 said: "With comedy I can search for the profound." Comedy is a very serious business. It's hard to be funny. But you can't make it look hard or it stops being funny. (And you certainly can't be taking yourself too seriously either.) Maybe that's why comedy is so under-rated. You get them laughing, lower their defences, before you hit them with something deep. But they mustn't see it coming or it won't work. Sometimes when you're writing you don't see it coming either. It's only later that you discover there's something profound in it. Then everyone's defences are down. Yours and the readers. (Maybe that's the way it works best?) As someone once put it: one minute you're laughing; the next you're thinking.