If you know me, you know how ridiculous the title of this blog post is. Chances are, I’m barely even warmed up as far as talking about my new book – Comedy Album. But for now, let’s assume I’ll find a new angle quick enough and we’ll wrap this up real neat-like. Just know I will be turning the car around again and likely sooner rather than later.
Yesterday, or the day before, I said that Comedy Album was about not fitting in. But it actually goes a lot deeper than that. Comedy Album touches on my deeper feeling that everyone else on this world has some kind of…it’s like they came into it knowing things I didn’t know. They knew all the rules by heart before it even occurred to me that a game was in progress. And whereas they seemed to avoid every pitfall, I blundered into every single trap in my path, tripped every last tripwire.
So when I lead the book off with a poem like this, just know that there’s something to it. And it’s not a small thing, either. Know that it tells the story of everyone who has or has had feelings like the ones I’m so intimately familiar with; that feeling of not belonging. That feeling of standing firmly outside the circle. But also know that it’ s a book about realizing…maybe that’s not a bad thing. I mean, does it have to be? Maybe it’s a good thing. That’s what I want you to think about.
Comedy Album is for sale online (in print and e-versions) and can also be ordered through Cream and Amber bookstore in Hopkins, Minnesota.