If you don’t want to buy Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), then don’t look at the back cover. There you’ll find a photo of her as a child holding a hand puppet that will instantly make your heart melt, and then you will have no choice but to buy the book. This is exactly what happened to me. I am going to post the photo below so that you will have to buy the book anyway:
I know, she’s adorable and her book is hysterical. After reading Mindy’s book I felt like I had a new best friend. She’s open, witty, and has an amusing list or category for just about anything.
Right after buying Mindy’s book I was in the library and saw Sarah Silverman’s book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee featured on the shelf so I picked that one up too (Sorry Sarah, your book is awesome too and I promise to buy it as a gift for someone, someday). I’d chalk it up to simply being in the mood for comedy but I also checked out a book called, Impounded: Dorthea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment, so maybe I was just trying to balance things out. Two gut-wrenching comedy books plus one simply gut-wrenching book somehow seems proportional.
Of course I started reading the funny books first. The strangest thing about reading Mindy Kaling’s and Sarah Silverman’s books simultaneously is that they brought back a memory from my childhood that I know could have ONLY resurfaced by alternately reading BOTH of these books.
It started with the not-so-appealing photo in Sarah Silverman’s book of her co-writer Harris Wittel’s penis with a hair clip attached to it. Yes, a hair clip. Yes, attached to a penis. It was apparently a very odd, inter-office joke that she wanted to share with her readers. The fact that I borrowed this book from the library is what made me think, “Hmm, wouldn’t it be weird if you were a kid (girl) waiting on your mom or dad while in the library…and you picked up a random book off the shelf (Silverman’s) and you turned to a random page (pg. 209) and you saw this full-frontal photo of a penis with a hair clip attached to it? What if this was the first time you actually saw what the male genitalia really looked like? You’re kind of being flashed here. And how would you feel about hair clips from here on out?”
Okay, now switch to Mindy Kaling’s book. She mentions her co-worker Rainn Wilson (a.k.a. the character Dwight Schrute from NBC’s The Office) a few times in the book so I Googled him to make sure I was thinking of the right guy.
I mean, yes, Officer, the man in the photo above is definitely the guy who flashed me when I was eleven-years-old. I was walking out of the school playground with my friend and her little brother, and there was “Dwight Schrute” sitting in his tan Chevy-esque car, with the driver-side door wide open, legs wide open, wearing this same creepy suit and the same creepy grin, using his hand the same way Harris Wittel uses a ladies hair clip.
I shared the memory of being flashed by “Dwight Schrute” with my husband. Days later he e-mailed me a photo while I was at work. I nearly screamed with terror when I saw the photo.
No, Officer, actually the man in the photo above IS the guy who flashed me when I was eleven-years-old. I am sure of it.
Given that my husband is a big fan of The Office he didn’t want me to associate any bad memories with one of its characters. Instead he sent me a photo of a young Newt Gingrich and it is, alarmingly, a much more accurate representation of the playground creep. Does anyone know if Newt Gingrich was in the Chicago area in 1990?
Thanks Mindy & Sarah for the memories…
Thanks a lot.
Southern California– simultaneously the prettiest and the ugliest place on Earth.
I know you liked seeing the last set of iPhone Instagram photos so here are a few more for you to enjoy.
Guess who is the “Face of the Day” at Gogosha Optique?!
Take a look here to see the photos and write-up.
I completely agree with the Gogosha Optique tagline, “Look no further.” In fact, you should go right to their website and you’ll see what I mean: http://www.gogosha.com/
I like Instagram. It’s a free app for the iPhone that allows you to instantly share photos with friends as well as use a variety of filters to alter your images.
I find myself pushing the ♥like button for so many of the photos that my friends post. Given that many of my friends live at least 1,000 miles away it is a total joy to have a glimpse into their day and send some hearts back and forth. I’m sharing some of my Instragram photos here so that my friends and family that remain loyal to their very first cell phone can share in the fun. You know who you are and yes I’m referring to that same cell phone that starts beeping immediately after a 5-minute conversation to alert you of a dead battery . I’m not knocking this at all. It’s totally fine. Call me back after you recharge your phone and know that your devotion is exactly what I love about you.
This first photo cracks me up. Donald is on his way to go surfing and I’m learning not to put my finger in front of the lens.
One a side note:
I know that you’re experiencing financial hardship and sadly the post office depicted above is one of the many that has recently closed. If you find that you are going to sell the letters on this building I would be delighted to place the first bid.