The War Against Boredom
“Great fun!”—Ben Schott, author of Schott’s Original Miscellany
“Sharp satire with a poetic heart”—The B&N Review
“With lacerating satire, these short stories, riffs, and other insanities will make you laugh…Seth Kaufman is a modern master of comedy.”—Karl Wolff, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
The War Against Boredom, by newyorker.com humor contributor Seth Kaufman, is a hilarious and wildly inventive assault on the mind-numbing effects of the modern world. Reverse-engineering obsessions with Big Data, the Internet, movies, coffee shops, pot, spying, rock stars, relationships and sex scandals, Kaufman morphs reality into comedy with 21 short stories and satirical columns. It’s a must-read for fans of the author’s acclaimed novel The King of Pain and anyone who likes adventurous humor writing.
Notable skirmishes in The War Against Boredom:
- A husband hires a business consultant to help improve his marriage.
- An assistant engineer recalls working with Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and a llama.
- An insurance actuary becomes a star by decoding the odds for the Academy Awards.
- A caustic National Security Administration advice columnist answers questions and exposes employees.
- Cheech and Chong reunite over a golden hookah.
- A hardcore techie conducts a bizarre old school search for love in “Segway in Overdrive.”