The creator of Dilbert ventures into hilarious new territory
Everyone knows Scott Adams as the king of workplace humor. No office is complete without a few Dilbert strips on the wall. And if you compare a VP to the Pointy-Haired Boss, no further description is necessary.
But why should a humorist stick to the workplace when there are so many other great subjects to explore? What about politics? Religion? Malfunctioning underpants?
Despite some fans who wish he would "Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!," Adams now offers more than 150 short pieces on every slice of human existence, from airport fiascos to wedding planning, from his doughnut theory of the universe to the menace of car singing. Like George Carlin or Jerry Seinfeld, Adams isn't afraid to ask the really big questions. For instance:
- If a Finnish teenager hacks into our voting machines and picks the next president, would that really make things worse?
- How can you know for sure that Charles Schwab didn't take all of your money and spend it on hookers and cocaine?
- Is it okay to think your own thoughts during the gaps between the words when your wife is talking?
- How much would it cost to have your own army of third world mercenaries? And would it be wrong to make them join coalitions just so you can hear the president say your name on TV?
- Do you really need to respect the religious views of people who killed themselves to follow a comet? Or is pretending okay?
- If you were a supermodel, would you sell your DNA to a billionaire who planned to raise your clone as a sex slave?
Adams builds his latest book (after 2004's The Religion War) out of entries from his blog, which results in a lot of short chapters and abrupt changes in topic. Still, some ongoing themes do emerge, as the bestselling cartoonist discusses his wedding plans--including his fear that he'll dance like a drunken monkey at the reception--and his struggle with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition which took away his voice during intimate conversations even though he could still give speeches to large audiences. He even tosses in a few Dilbert strips, with several examples of gags that were suppressed by his syndicate (he couldn't show a police officer firing a gun, for example, but a doughnut that shoots bullets met with approval). Readers who only know Adams through the comics page will discover a saltier tone to his cynicism. If you have the choice of working as the guy who craps on the carpet, or the guy who has to clean it up, runs one bit of advice, only one of those jobs lets you read a magazine at the same time. The randomness of this collection may not attract many new fans, but it's likely to keep his already sizable audience amused. (Oct. 18)
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October 17, 2007
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