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Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich
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Sep 13, 2007

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bookshelves: modernfiction
Recommended for: cynics
Read in September, 2007

This is a short collection (139 pgs) of 57 very short vignettes (not really stories or essays, not really jokes).

The ones that made me laugh out loud were "i still remember the day i got my first calculator," "inside the cartridge" (conversation between characters in the video game "Street Fighting Man"), and "what goes through my mind when i'm home alone (from my mom's perspective)".

The rest were funny or clever and off-beat, but not laugh-out-loud funny. Like what Abraham said to Isaac on the way home from the mountain: "How about some ice cream, Isaac? No? You sure?" Or the ants in the titular farm digging tunnel after tunnel and to their horror running into glass every time.

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