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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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 ...  

“WOOF WOOF WOOF! MEOW!” – WHAT NOT TO SAY ON A BLIND DATE (1987)

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Walter Davis (Bruce Willis), junior exec at a Los Angeles investment bank, can’t get a date. Who has time for romance after arduous sixteen-hour days at the office, massaging the assets of such valuable clients as Japanese tycoon Yakamoto (Sab Shimono)? Unfortunately, the bank now plans a formal dinner in Mr. Yakamoto’s honor and it would be unthinkable for Walter to turn up stag. What a difficulty. Who will volunteer as the “extra woman," Walter’s blind date for the night?

Enter Nadia Gates, an acquaintance of Walter’s brother Ted (Phil Hartman). Turns out that Walter’s date is Kim Basinger circa 1987. Could be worse, right? But Nadia’s extraordinary beauty comes with a catch.

“Don’t get her drunk,” Ted warns. “If you get her drunk, she loses control.”

What does that mean, exactly?

“She gets real wild. Woof woof woof! Meow!”