Thursday, May 24, 2012

BC2012: The New New Rules by Bill Maher

My wife and I love Bill Maher so when I saw his latest book in paperback at The Book Cellar, I couldn't resist. Then I managed to keep it hidden from my wife until we had finished Obsolete. Needless to say, we both enjoyed The New New Rules. Much of the book's material originated on Real Time with Bill Maher, but since we don't have cable, it was all new to us. My only problem was Maher's use of puns as titles: "Hell Sinky", "Mourning in America", "Slay Belle", and many more. Reading aloud, I had to spell them out so my wife would understand them. And spelling out a pun, like explaining a joke, sucks out most of its humor.

Speaking of New Rules, I am adding a New Rule to Book Challenge 2012: to purchase at least one book per month from The Book Cellar, my local independent bookstore. That contradicts the goal of buying fewer books, but it furthers the goal of supporting local businesses. Such a dilemma! Fortunately, several of months of good behavior book shopping-wise have made me confident that I can follow my New Rule without putting Book Challenge 2012 in jeopardy. Heck, this month I even bought two books locally.

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