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STRANGE GOOD AND/OR FUNNY RECOMMENDATIONS

These are books, CDs and DVDs I've really enjoyed. For everyone's convenience I've provided links to Amazon.com. If you should buy the item while there, at no extra cost you'll bless me with the standard Amazon referral fee. Bless you.

BOOKS

The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown is the most fascinating book I've read in the past decade. Click here to discover why.

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Audition by Barbara Walters. She grew up in show business and has interviewed every major celebrity.

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Life with My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone. He was her dresser and then director on all her big tours, decorated her houses and now tells all.

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My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler. Chelsea, host of her own show on the E! channel, had me on the floor with her tales of her adventures.

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A Double Whammy

Sean Wilsey wrote Oh the Glory of It All, a best-seller about how his mother's best friend Dede stole his rich father and then treated him like dirt. His mom, Pat Montandon, went on to be nominated several times by several countries for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Dede recently gave San Francisco our new de Young museum in Golden Gate Park. Then Sean's mom Pat Montandon wrote Oh the Hell of It All, her version of the events. Very thought provoking.

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I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert. I laughed on every page.

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My Gorgeous Life by Dame Edna Everage. Perhaps the most inspirational book that will ever have you rolling on the floor.

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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton. Perhaps the most peculiar story that will ever have you jumping up and down on Oprah's couch.

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Judy Brown collects the very best jokes from today's funniest comedians. Here is Joke Soup.

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And here are Joke Stew, The Funny Pages and Jokes to Go.

 

 

Napalm & Silly Putty by George Carlin is a delight. So are More Napalm & Silly Putty and Brain Droppings.
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To-Do Lists of the Dead by Jonathan Katz

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My Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays by Bruce Vilanch is an hilarious work from Hollywood's leading gag writer.b

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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins. I love his use of language, such as "a meal so greasy you have to tie it to your teeth to chew it."

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. You've seen both him and his sister being amazing on late-night talk shows.b When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris is his 2008 effort, also hilarious.

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Terry Pratchett

 

Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors. His novels have sold over 40,000,000 copies. The ones below are all about the Discworld, very much like Earth. Read any one, and you'll be hooked. Here are a few of my faves.

 

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. Granny Weatherwax knows that beneath the voluninous layers of her clothing there's bare skin, but that doesn't mean she approves of it.b

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Mort by Terry Pratchett. Death needs an apprentice, and innocent young aptly named Mort gets the job.

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Maskerade by Terry Pratchett is about witches Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax watching potential witch Agnes try for a career in opera.

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett is a story of Discworld where the Hogfather, a Santa Claus figure, has disappeared, with Death taking his place.

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The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. Samuel Vimes, the hard-bitten captain of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, gets caught up in an uneasy truce between dwarfs, werewolves, and vampires in the theft of the Scone of Stone (a particularly important piece of dwarf bread) and in the old werewolf custom of giving humans a short start in the hunt and then cheating.

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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett. The Monks of History live in a Tibetan sort of area known as "enlightenment country." Their job: "to see that tomorrow happens at all." A mysterious Lady wants time-obsessed Jeremy Clockson to build a totally accurate glass clock. It will trap time and stop it, eliminating humanity's irritating unpredictability.

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The Truth by Terry Pratchett. When printing comes to Ankh-Morpork, it "drags the city kicking and screaming into the Century of the Fruitbat." William de Worde, well-meaning younger son of reactionary nobility, has been providing a monthly newsletter to the elite using engraving. Then he is struck (and seriously bruised) by the power of the press. The dwarves responsible convince William to expand his newsletter and the Ankh-Morpork Times is born

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The Last Continent: A Discworld Novel byTerry Pratchett is a lighthearted tour of the fantasy land of Fourecks, a very Australian sort of place, with brief courses in theoretical physics and evolution thrown in for good measure.

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Making Money by Terry Pratchett. The hero, a scoundrel, is put in charge of the mint.

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Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. Building pyramids in a society like ancient Egypt.

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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Supposedly this is a book for teens. Don't tell anyone I really enjoyed it.

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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett continues the story of the Wee Free Men.

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This is just a small sample

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Christopher Moore

 

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. Just what it says. Christopher Moore is another of my favorite authors. You might also like the others by him below.

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Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore is a vampire tale set in San Francisco. The author has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry and Douglas Adams.

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You Suck by Christopher Moore continues the vampire story.

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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore is set on the California coast near Big Sur. Any book that begins , "As dead people went, Bess Leander smelled pretty good," can't be all bad.

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Moab Is My Washpot: An Autobiography by Stephen Fry, who's tremendously funny.

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The Road to Mars : A Post-Modem Novel by Eric Idle of Monty Python.

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I Hate This Place: The Pessimist's Guide to Life by Jimmy Fallon of Saturday Night Live.

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Feel This Book : An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction by Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller.

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How Paul Robeson Saved My Life and Other Mostly Happy Stories by Carl Reiner is a collection of fictional and true tales.

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Thanks to one of my favorite authors, Christopher Moore, for recommending The Gun Seller, a spy spoof by British actor/comedian Hugh Laurie.

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Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. The comedian tells how he became the top stand-up in the country and then suddenly quit.

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Donald Westlake

 

Donald Westlake writes heist novels from the crooks' point of view. Besides hilarious dialogue they have plots that will surprise and delight you. I especially love the books about Dortmunder, who plans elaborate heists with a regular gang of misfits.

 

The Hot Rock by Donald Westlake was made into a movie starring, of all people, Robert Redford as Dortmunder. They have to keep stealing the same diamond.

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The Bank Shot by Donald Westlake. They don't rob a bank. They steal the whole thing. Start with these two. Trust me.

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Bad News by Donald Westlake. Dortmunder signs on with a bizarre scam artist. Fitzroy Guilderpost's plan to take over an Indian gambling casino requires the replacement of one dead Indian buried in a Queens cemetery with another corpse, who's actually related to Guilderpost's partner, a Las Vegas chorine named Little Feather. Complications ensue.

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Baby, Would I LIe? by Donald Westlake. Not a Dortmunder book. Sara Joslyn travels to Branson, Missouri, "the new Nashville," to cover the trial of Ray Jones, a country-western star accused of rape and murder. She's also hoping to scoop her former employer, the sleazy tabloid, the Weekly Galaxy.

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What's So Funny? by Donald Westlake. Dortmunder and crew have to steal a bejeweled chess set worth millions.

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The Road to Ruin by Donald Westlake. Dortmunder and his gang decide to hire on as live-in staff to a wealthy corporate crook as a way to get access to, and ultimately steal, his collection of antique cars. Then things start to crumble. Who could know that three other sets of people are also plotting revenge on this same crook? Or that these other bozos would kidnap the crook, thereby bringing the police onto the scene just at the wrong time?

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Bonobo by Frans B. M. de Waal. Very different from the other books on the list. A scientist reports on our closest relatives, the bonobo, the "make love not war" apes. Could we live the same way? You decide.

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Include Me Out by Farley Granger. A movie star leading man of the 1940s and '50s tells how he led a semi-openly-gay life.

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Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett. A current movie star, openly gay, dishes the dirt.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. The last book in the series wraps it all up nicely.

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. This is the first of the vampire series that is the new Harry Potter among teens. Our heroine falls in love with a vampire who has to control himself so he won't kill her.

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MY FAVORITE BOOK

 

Stranger in a Strange Land is the story of a small group marriage. The book is often credited with starting the New Age Movement. The challenge set out at the end of the book is, "How can we bring everyone into the marriage?" See Billions of Virgins in Ecstasy.

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MY OWN BOOKS

 

Billions of Virgins in Ecstasy: The Memoirs of Strange de Jim How I found the secret of True Love and accidentally married our planet. Guaranteed semi-fictional.

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San Francisco's Castro, a photo history. Watch a quiet Irish-Catholic neighborhood turn into the World's Gay Mecca.

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The Strange Experience has photos of a hundred friends gracious enough to tell the public they enjoyed entering my apartment blindfolded, undressing, and being given a definitely Strange massage. Click for details.

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Visioning How to do such things as breathe energy up your spine, lighting up your chakras or energy centers along the way, and then believing your dreams into reality. Free! Click here.

 

 

AUDIO CD

 

I Have a Pony by Steven Wright is exceedingly off the wall, wry, dry and funny.

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So is I Still Have a Pony.

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Stephen Lynch is hilarious. He has two audio CDs which have both gotten rave reviews on amazon.com: Superhero and A Little Bit Special

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Live 2002 by Robin Williams

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A Night at the Met by Robin Williams

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Weird Al Yankovic's new CD, Running With Scissors, features his Star Wars spoof "The Saga Begins," based on Don McLean's "American Pie."

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A friend of Weird Al's is Emo Philips. His Emo Philips is one of the most peculiar zany things you'll ever hear.

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Until you hear E=MO2

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VIDEO/DVD

 

Completely Serious by comedian Daniel Tosh. Cool beans.

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Young Einstein is a video written, directed by and starring Yahoo Serious. Young Albert Einstein splits the Tasmanian beer atom, sets off for Sydney to patent his discovery, falls in love with Marie Curie, stays at the Heartbreak Hotel, down at the end of Lonely Street, invents roll & rock, etc.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the musical story of a botched sex-change operation. It's very like The Rocky.Horror Picture Show.

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More Tales of the City, written by Armistead Maupin. You'll see a group of friends of all ages, colors, genders and persuasions who love each other as they get into all sorts of peculiar situations in San Francisco in the 1980's.

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Further Tales of the City, also written by Armistead Maupin.

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Michael Tolliver Lives is the 2008 addition to the series. It's great checking up on the characters.

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Sordid Lives is the most hilarious and heartwarming film I've seen in a long time. Starring everyone from Beau Bridges and Delta Burke to Bonnie Bedelia and Olivia Newton-John, it plays every week as a midnight movie at San Francisco's Balboa Theater.

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And When the Leaves Blow Away by Steven Wright.

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Vicious Circle by Dane Cook. He's the hottest young comic at the moment.

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