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The horrors : an A to Z of funny thoughts on awful things

Author: Charlie Demers
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Humor, satire, etc. : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Comedian-author Charlie Demers, whose brand of black humour will be familiar to followers of CBC Radio's The Debaters, offers his perspective in a new collection of essays highlighting a wide range of topics under the heading of Bad Things. The Horrors is presented abecedarian-style, despoiling a beloved children's book tradition in order to explore personal hangups that range from the slightly awkward to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Additional Physical Format: Demers, Charles, 1980-
Horrors.
(CaOONL)20159068878
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlie Demers
ISBN: 9781771620314 1771620315
OCLC Number: 926248656
Description: 222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A for adolescence --
B for bombing --
C for capitalism --
D for depression --
E for the end of the world --
F for fat --
G for golf --
H for heteronormativity --
I for imperialism --
J for junk food --
K for Kelsey Grammer --
L for Liberals --
M for motherlessness --
N for Nazis --
O for obsessive-compulsive disorder --
P for panic --
Q for Quentin Tarantino's use of the N-word --
R for rats --
S for settlerism --
T for tax rage --
U for union-busting --
V for valet parking --
W for the West Wing --
X for xanthan gum --
Y for yuppies --
Z for zzz.
Responsibility: Charles Demers.

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"Comedian-author Charlie Demers, whose brand of black humour will be familiar to followers of CBC Radio's The Debaters, offers his perspective in a new collection of essays highlighting a wide range of topics under the heading of Bad Things. The Horrors is presented abecedarian-style, despoiling a beloved children's book tradition in order to explore personal hangups that range from the slightly awkward to the down-right terrible. Beginning with 'A' for 'Adolescence, ' Demers recalls his sexless teenage years spent in a Trotskyist sect, and 'B' for 'Bombing' offers a first-person account of the agonies of stand-up comedy gone wrong. 'E' for 'End of the World' explores the wacky world of Preppers (YouTube how-to-prepare-for-the-apocalypse experts), while 'F' for 'Fat' explains what life is like for those of us who are soft-bodied in a hard-hearted world. Other essays creep toward the pain side of the hilarity/agony line: 'D' for 'Depression' and 'M' for 'Motherlessness' traverse topics that more balanced minds might hesitate to make light of. Fortunately, Demers does not let tact or sensibility deter him from pushing humour to its limit in order to examine our deepest fears. With insight, he never minimizes the very real pain inherent in some topics and uses comedy as a catharsis rather than a numbing agent. Dark, smart and funny, in the sunny world of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Project, The Horrors will be a shadow ... or at least a shadow puppet"--Provided by publisher.

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