Last time we talked about the 13 in ’13 Reading Challenge around here, we didn’t talk so much about books as we did about, um, boys. I’d like to say that I’ve become more focused since then, now that I’m down to having only 35 days left to finish 3 books, and I have been focused – just not on books. There’s been a ton of food and wine and friends in my life lately, but not a lot of reading. I brought “Minister Without Portfolio” to California with me (The Orenda was too heavy, literally. I couldn’t sacrifice a pair of shoes for the space it would take up in my suitcase!) but I didn’t open it once.
I did finish an entire book on the plane ride home, though! Here it is:
Do you guys read Allie Brosh? Does she make you laugh so hard your lunch almost comes out your nose when you’re eating in public, too? Allie (I feel like we’re on a first name basis, now, since she was with me for the whole airplane incident) writes a blog, and it’s fantastic and hilarious and she’s turned it into a book. I’m including that book as part of my Reading Challenge because it’s a different format than anything I’ve read so far (part collection of essays, part graphic novel) and because “fantastic and hilarious” don’t quite capture this thing and what I think it does.
Allie mostly blogs about her childhood (“Menace” is her latest and it’s a favourite of mine) and it’s vibrant and hysterical and very true, but she also tackles serious subjects like living with depression, and those posts are dark and morbidly funny and very true, too. I love, love, love that a blog that was started because of, in the author’s words, “procrastinating studying for a physics final” has led to a best-selling book and the author has ended up on Advertising Age’s “Creativity 50” list for 2013 . It reminds me that the internet can be a vibrant and hysterical and dark and morbidly funny and very true place, where people can express themselves and find safe outlets to process emotions and experiences that the real world can’t always handle. It’s not always just about pictures of cute boys.
Thanks to Allie, I now have a clear, empathetic, and relatable touchstone I can turn to if I ever learn that someone in my life is living with depression. Not to mention, I have awesome word nerd humour. And a coping mechanism if I get stressed out about trying to finish 3 books in 35 days.
Do you have a favourite humour blog? What makes you laugh on the internet? Tell me all about it in the Comments!