Honestly Funny

Recently I read DW Anderson’s book Mind The Gap.  Despite being very jealous that someone so young writes with so much polish, I enjoyed it a lot.  He strikes the right tone and pacing in every Chapter.

Here’s my review    Mind The Gap on Amason

Mind the Gap is honestly funny. In other  words, Anderson shows us stories with humor that comes from his candor. For the sake  of our amusement he tells us his true stories along with short stories that seem to be based on real life. Either way, the stories he writes are engaging and polished.

 

Anderson  gives us an abundant amount of funny,  but he dalso adds to it.  Reveals angst behind the zany stunts he has  pulled.  In his way he makes sure  his stories have substance-    what we need.

 

He gets a lot of americana in his stories with his choice of details. In the way that John Updike did. Anyone growing up in the 2000s (really?) will relate to these stories.  A culture of clam shell cell phones and playstation 2. However, I did not grow up in the 2000s and there was still a lot for me to identify with. No not getting in trouble with the law or Anderson’s family dynamics.  But I identified with not quite fitting in anywhere and with  being fascinated with my family’s dynamics.

 

Each time I thought I got a handle on Anderson’s story and settled in to enjoy the ride, Anderson shifted into a higher gear.

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The Tao of Nick Offerman

In Nick Offerman’s book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, he talks about the importance of getting away from screens (TV, video games, Smart phones). He relates that you need a leisure activity that is actually creating something.

I was reflecting on that when I looked over at my fan blowing in me.  it is a vintage fan with metal blades.  I got it because I always loved our box fan growing up.  Mostly because I think I was born nostalgic, but I liked that it was the fan we always had.

And I remember when it began to need to be started like an old prop plane.  And eventually it did stop working.  Now I tried to coax it back to life.  Probably through scrapping the oil dust off of it with a butter knife and applying more oil.

Today, as a kid, I could actually google how to fix a fan.  In fact I paused and did so. However, would I if i was a kid today?  I doubt it.  There is too much to watch on Netflix and too cool of video games. Today most likely I would not have grown up on a farm and would not have learned the value of fixing something.