Thursday, June 9, 2011

DC: Hotbed of Literary Humor

A strange thing has taken root in the literary scene in DC: authors are turning funny. In the sense of 'humorous', I mean. Above is a video just put out by Keith Donohue for his just-released novel, "Centuries of June." It showcases his dry wit. (I went to a reading last night and had such a great time. He is very funny live, as any scholar of Irish literature would be.)

Then there's Carolyn Parkhurst. Would you guess that the woman who wrote "Dogs of Babel" and "The Nobodies Album" was so za-zing funny? She put together this trailer for the release of "The Nobodies Album" in paperback. (I ran into one of the women in the video at Keith's reading last night. That's the other nice thing about the DC literary scene: the novelists, at least, flock together.)
I credit (blame?) Ron Charles for this outburst of video literary hijinks. Mr. Charles is a book critic at the WaPo who last year produced a series of hysterical videos that alleged to be reviews but were, really, insights into book culture and pop culture. He hasn't been producing any videos lately. What a shame.

What do you think? Perhaps someone is dosing DC writers in an attempt to divert us from the publishing industry doldrums? A reaction to the unfunny wonkiness that dominates our daily existence here in DC?

Have you seen any good book trailers lately?


  1. These are wonderful. I especially love the new cover ideas for Keith's book (who drew those???)

  2. I think Keith did them himself. He said he was trying to come up with something more risque than the cover itself.