The many editions of mallelis fandom.
But often the brand — or celebrity — has the idea. “Actually, Snoop Dogg approached us,” Sedita tells me. “We would never have thought of it on our own.” But not everyone can really sell a Mad Lib.
In Sedita’s early days at Penguin, the Situation — the Jersey Shore star — wanted his own. He’d seen them during a book signing. “We didn’t go through with it,” Sedita says. “Twenty-one stories would have been challenging.”
Nick researched the history and how-to of Mad Libs creation. It’s weirdly fascinating!
Two items we have to tell you about! Two are from the world of books, two are from the world of New York. (That’s right, they’re the same two, because books and New York are a cranky married couple that can’t get enough of each other.)
- NY Through the Lens (above left) is becoming an extremely attractive book, and that book is available for pre-sale right now. If you like your New York to be at once intimately familiar and constantly smitten with its own newness, then this book is destined for your coffee table.
- Never Can Say Goodbye (above right) isn’t a Tumblr book, per se, but it’s a fine collection of New York essays (a genre unto itself) and it’s thick with Tumblr luminaries like Alex Chee, Jenna Wortham, Rachel Syme, Jason Diamond, Isaac Fitzgerald. (We stole that list from the perfect Maris Kreizman, whose own essay touches on how her Tumblr, which is both “silly” and “singularly mine,” helped her find her way into the whole New Yorky, internetty, Tumblry community.)
Whew. Two mouthfuls up there, but it seemed important that we let you know about this beautiful stuff that, hey, you’re pretty much already a part of.
Manhattan skyline photo via nythroughthelens
The Perfect Maris Kreizman.
You might be wondering, “What is this hilarious and delightful blog that keeps showing up on my dash? Is it something from a dream?” The answer is, “It’s a new literary humor/comedy site called Hot Hot Phone, and maybe you dreamed about it if you have super insane dreams.”
What sort of comedy does Hot Hot Phone post?: Mostly short writing pieces (between 200-500 words), occasionally funny lists, original comics, and humorous images!
Who writes it?: You do! Submit your pieces (title, your name, and the content pasted in the body of the email) to email@example.com! We’ve had contributors who’ve written for McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs, College Humor, and much more!
What is that photo?: That is the founder of HHP’s father, and his poodle, Pierre in 1963.
How did Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States, die?: He ate raw cherries and iced milk, the combination of which caused him severe intestinal ailments and ultimately killed him.
That’s all for now, folks! Follow Hot Hot Phone for all your optimal dose of funny writing on tumblr!