A few weeks back i made a great discovery. While browsing through books at a second-hand book stall, i chanced upon a book by Scott Adams, titled 'Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Ignores Helpful Advice'. Now I've been a fan of the Dilbert comics, and hence of this great cartoonist for quite a while now, yet i'd never heard of this book ever. I regularly visit book stores, often read up on my fav writers, etc, but had not come across a non-dilbert work by Adams yet, and was instantly intrigued.
It is an amazing collection of 1-2 page long essays and blog entries; essentially his views on anything and everything, from cloning, to the sexes, dancing less like a dork and terrorism. Bite-sized pieces of humour, with an insight or two lurking below the surface here and there. I am a worshiper of the fine art of sarcasm (as my wife, bro and close friends will enthusiastically confirm), and this dude is a high priest. Add to that a wild and volatile imagination, and you've got a lot of fun coming your way. Mind you, very few of the passages are 'haha' funny...most of the stuff is thoughtful, yet it'll bring a smile on your face.
I guess i was most blown away by the fact that the bugger sees humour in everything! He makes even the most mundane of daily observations seem wickedly funny. I mean, as i read i kept thinking, don't we all see these very things all around us? Yet most of us manage to focus solely on newspapers full of depressing headlines and all the shit seemingly surrounding our buggered lives.
What a find. Serendipity!