If you could spend an hour inside Mike Sacks’ brain you would probably get lost. You might also find yourself giggling uncontrollably or wind up sobbing in a ball on the floor.
You would not be bored.
Sacks has written humor pieces for the New Yorker, McSweeny’s and The Believer, and his new book Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason draws together a wealth of these in one volume. The author’s previous book, And Here’s the Kicker, was an excellent collection of interviews with top humor writers and with Wildest Dreams he again works with freestanding parts to build the whole. The result is a hugely eclectic and highly original collection of vignettes, lists, songs, letters and the odd Craigslist ad.
A special blend of understatement and absurdity reigns throughout, with comedy often springing from the contrast of inexplicable content and casual delivery. In a piece titled What in the Hell Is That Thing? FAQ, an office temp sends out a chirpy mass email explaining the presence of a killer robot to his concerned co-workers.
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