CLUES FOR THE CLUELESS

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It's evidence, Inspector ... but of what? An Exaggerated Murder, the ingenious new murder mystery satire by Josh Cook, tells sleuths how to cope when the killer is an idiot, the victim a no-show, the crime scene bogus and the clues submoronic. 

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MERMAIDS' ASSES: A SPECIAL REPORT

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This 1100-word piece tackles one of the most tantalizing -- yet strangely neglected -- topics in mermaid anatomy. It also reviews a witty, snappy, brand-spanking-new comic novel by Pulitzer finalist Lydia Millet.

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OCD, DUCHAMP AND CHOCOLATE GRINDERS: A 198-WORD ASSESSMENT

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A quick account of The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even by Chris F. Westbury. It's a novel.

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"WHAT HAVE THE ROMANS EVER DONE FOR US?"

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This all-new interview with Cambridge classicist Mary Beard exhumes some ticklish questions about Roman contributions to laughter and humor.

What made the Romans laugh? Did they invent the joke as we know it? Did laughing have the same social significance in the ancient world as it does today?

The Parasite warmly thanks Professor Beard for her illuminating replies.


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The Cat from Hell (Amazon)


Culture fans, you won’t want to miss this rip-roaring, rollicking review of Jeremy P. Bushnell’s comic novel The Weirdness (Melville House, 2014). It’s the story of a luckless, incapable thirtysomething pothead who meets the  wait for it  yes, actually meets the Devil and ...