Do you miss Phyllis Diller’s comedy? Sometimes, I miss some of it. She could be hilarious, especially early in her career, in the days when tv comedy was supposed to be clean and women were supposed to be ladylike. Not Phyllis. She could imply more with a look and a flick of her cigarette than words could state.
SO ANYWAY, when she passed, she left her vast joke collection to the American Museum of American History. She wrote most of her jokes, but she bought some and she accepted some from fans. Each joke was on a card, with attribution, so the world can see who wrote what. Oh, and “Fang” was what she called her husband in her routines. Oh, and the museum has put some of the joke cards online! Some of them are actual jokes, but some are just notes from which jokes could be constructed. Most interesting.
Do you have a cat? I do. Does your cat walk around on or lounge on your keyboard? Mine doesn’t. But, if yours does, you need this app. It’s called PawSense, and it registers random keystrokes. So I guess it would be good if you have children with busy little fingers, but not good if you’re a poor typist.
Have you heard Hadestown? It’s a folk opera by Anais Mitchell. I love it. I love it SO MUCH. It’s reviving now, on the tide of Trump’s wall, because … Oh, many reasons. But the bit that bites is “Why We Build the Wall”. Here it is, with lyrics.
A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: What does your main character believe about the afterlife? If they believe in an afterlife, what do they actually think it will be like? Will everybody be in one place, or will there be separations based on life choices? Will it be like Happy Earth, or very different?