27 Booksellers And Librarians Who Hilariously Trolled Their Patrons

27 Booksellers And Librarians Who Hilariously Trolled Their Patrons

If you’ve ever worked in a bookstore or library, chances are, you were bored. Sadly, there’s tons of work that can be done on a rainy day when no customers enter the store. However, does that mean you’re actually going to do that work? No. You’re going to make a funny sign or shelve presidential autobiographies in the fiction section as a joke. Frankly, bookstores and libraries don’t pay enough for employees not to waste a ton of time at work. Sure, we care about any bookish institution, and our job is to get people excited about reading. That doesn’t...

Every Generation Cancels Norman Mailer For Its Own Reasons

Every Generation Cancels Norman Mailer For Its Own Reasons

Below is an original funny piece from Better Book Titles contributor Jay Welch. In case you hadn’t heard the news about Norman Mailer: “With slow-mo hammer-dropping predictability, Norman Mailer’s long-time publisher has recently informed the Mailer family that it has canceled plans to publish a collection of his political writings to mark the centennial of his birth in 2023… The back-door apologies at Random House include as the proximate cause: a junior staffer’s objection to the title of Mailer’s 1957 essay, “The White Negro”…” -Michael Wolff, The Ankler Every Generation Cancels Norman Mailer For Its Own Reasons by Jay Welch...

25 Funny Pulitzer-Worthy Tweets From This Week

25 Funny Pulitzer-Worthy Tweets From This Week

Yes, we all love books here. In fact, you should probably be reading one instead of this website, but come on. You’re on the toilet or the subway right now. That’s no time for mind-expanding fiction. Sometimes, you want to unwind with a few funny short jokes. Thankfully, that’s really all anyone is posting on Twitter these days (unless you count all the un-Democratic misinformation. There’s always room for that on social media.). Not everyone is built to write the next great American novel. Some people like to fit their genius ideas into a tweet under 240 characters. That’s good...

Librarian Creates Viral Twitter Thread By Sharing Every Important Thing She Knows About Libraries

Librarian Creates Viral Twitter Thread By Sharing Every Important Thing She Knows About Libraries

We’ve talked a lot about libraries and librarians here. Honestly, I wish I were writing this article from a library right now. Sure, the article would take me 6 hours to finish because I’d be wandering the stacks, but that’s the joy of free books. They’re a constant distraction, but, somehow a healthy one? I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. I’m also not a librarian, so when a woman with the handle @grumpwitch shared her thoughts on what people don’t know about our beloved book sanctuaries, I found it eye-opening. So too did the rest of Twitter. The thoughts...

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5 Funny Fairy Tale Parodies

A few years back, I did a whole show about Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Among other things, I discovered how truly bizarre the original stories (as the Grimm Brothers compiled them) are. Below are a few fake ones I wrote myself. If I can impart any knowledge about what I learned in my research on fairy tales, it’s this: they have no point. Unlike a fable or a parable, there is no moral lesson, necessarily. Sometimes, a gnome is just a gnome, you gnome what I mean? I’m sorry. Please keep reading. Please enjoy these new terrible fairy tales: 1. The...

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Readers Answer The Big Question: “What Movie Is Better Than The Book?”

As my friend Soul Khan once said: “books…they’re like movies you can take into the bathroom.” Verifiably, books are often better than their cinematic adaptations. But now, thanks to iPads and flat-screen TVs that can fit in your shower, you literally can take a movie into the bathroom with you. The dream is realized, and books need to do something to keep up with the changing world. Until then, let’s see what movies readers believe are actually better than their source text. One person on Reddit wanted to know: “What movie was better than the book and why?” Basically, the...

25 Funny Pulitzer-Worthy Tweets From This Week

25 Funny Pulitzer-Worthy Tweets From This Week

Yes, we all love books here. In fact, you should probably be reading one instead of this website, but come on. You’re on the toilet or the subway right now. That’s no time for mind-expanding fiction. Sometimes, you want to unwind with a few funny short jokes. Thankfully, that’s really all anyone is posting on Twitter these days (unless you count all the un-Democratic misinformation. There’s always room for that on social media.). Not everyone is built to write the next great American novel. Some people like to fit their genius ideas into a tweet under 240 characters. That’s good...