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From canine capers to courtship conundrums--a hip and hilarious view of contemporary life from the four-time Emmy Award-winning creator of "Stupid Pet Tricks." The former head writer for Late Night with David Letterman reveals in these delightful essays what she's learned as a smart woman in a less-than-rational world.
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Merrill Markoe, the creator of "Stupid Pet Tricks," won four Emmy awards for her work on the David Letterman show. In these sidesplitting essays--from "The Wacky World of Men" to "An Insider's Guide to the American Woman" to "Showering with Your Dog"--she reveals what she's learned about life from "dogs, celebrities, bachelors, and other beasts."
In Markoe's words, "I pick dogs that remind me of myself--scrappy, mutt-faced, with a hint of mange. People look for a reflection of their own personalities or the person they dream of being in the eyes of an animal companion. That is the reason I sometimes look into the face of my dog Stan and see wistful sadness and existential angst, when all he is actually doing is slowly scanning the ceiling for flies."
Following a collection of sparkling chapters on cultural phenomena--from the "Creeping Gabor Syndrome" (the terror of turning into Zsa Zsa Gabor) to what happens to you when you live alone (and the eight things you can do because there's no one there to stop you)--the last chapter outlines the many lessons Markoe has learned from her dogs: "If you see something you want, and all your other attempts at getting it have failed, it is only right to grovel shamelessly. As a second tactic, stare intently at the object of your desire, allowing long gelatinous drools to leak like icicles from your lips."From the Inside Flap:
Award-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe, the slightly warped mind behind Stupid Pet Tricks, is an old hand with dogs. She knows who's boss (they are) and the myriad ways a loving pet can make you feel guilty twenty-four hours a day. This new edition of Merrill Markoe's classic collection of humorous essays gives readers the choicest selections along with brand-new material.
In these razor-sharp essays, Markoe recounts her dogs' phone chats with animal communicators, her search for past lives, and her brief stint as a stun gun saleswoman. She describes the workshop that taught her how to launch an Internet porn business and another that gave proper instruction in the esoteric art of becoming a dominatrix.
She shares insight into what it is like to structure your day using only dog rules, how to spot a really horrible restaurant, and what it's like to have a romantic dinner with Fabio. There's even a bright side to preparing for the apocalypse: "At last, it is time to forget about fat grams and low cholesterol." This enchantingly rambunctious and boundlessly enjoyable book gives you Merrill Markoe at her best. You'll devour it in one sitting (and so may your pet).
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0140166823