Know What I Meme? by Marc Richard answered a lot of my questions about what a meme is. “Meme” is a trendy word. It is used by lots of folks and I don’t care because I am a contrarian as far as trends go. I know one when I see it and I refused to look the “word?” up. I could never vocalize the sound, so I made up my own pronunciation. If others around me pronounced the four-letter slippery character in a way different from me, I felt sorry for their ignorance. It was easy for me to capture the moral high ground if I simply bombarded others with questions about what, exactly, this abomination was. And how does one pronounce it? Since I never found anyone who could give me a clear explanation, I maintained that my ignorance was superior to their ignorance. And then along came Marc Richard to give me many examples ending with the question, Know What I Meme? I felt sheepish as I answered in the affirmative. (I lied).
This 115-page theoretically short read might not be so short if the illustrated meme hits home and you pause to laugh for several minutes at something. I describe this work as a collection of slides. They are in a text over photo format and the colors vary wildly as the reader advances through pages. For the most part, this works well. I found only three of the slides for which my eyes refused to take part as it was difficult to separate the words of the text from the background imagery. This might not be true for all readers as some readers will have better command and control of their eyes.
Some words used in criticism of writing have an unfortunate reputation. Consider the word “pun.” Often described as the lowest form of humor, some folks feel bad when they are accused of making or using a bad pun. I will go to any depths to find a pun, even one considered bad. The only bad pun is one which morphed into a cliché. Other than that, I embrace words which are accused of being bad puns, sarcastic, or snarky. Many of the slides (pages) in this Marc Richards novel are sarcastic or snarky in their observations of mostly current culture. There might be a bad pun but that is in the eye of the beholder and, as I have mentioned, I don’t totally control my eyes. And I refuse to recognize a bad pun.
There is an innovative Table of Contents to this work. Six divisions; Famous Puddings, Nature, Holidays, Things That Move, Words, and Alcoholics of the 90s warn me of what is to come.
After reading Nature, you may have long periods of wakefulness. If you sleep, you will dream of cockroaches.
In Holidays, readers will find a great recipe for eggnog. But you must be sure to return your grandmother’s stockings after use.
In Things That Move, Marc Richards gives us a foolproof way to find the car that we parked in a Mall multi-level parking garage. Thankfully, the wind doesn’t usually blow inside a garage.
The meaning of Words is important. In this meme dictionary, we find a new definition for pedophiles.
There is a section titled Bonus: The Brady Bunch. This culturally specific section is difficult for readers who live on a small island in Indonesia to understand. (me). You may not live on a small island in Indonesia, so it’s OK.
I missed the expansion information on Famous Puddings. But that’s OK because the idea of famous puddings is funny all by itself. As for Alcoholics of the 90s, the section might be a part of the collection, but I was drinking as I read, and I might have missed it.
There are many reasons I assign five stars to something I have read. One reason is originality and that is true of all writings of Marc Richard. I will go on to read more of his work in a couple of days. Humor is best served with a few courses of something else between portions of humor.
In the humor genre, I highly recommend all Marc Richard creations.