The Flog

The Flog

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Writing Advice for Writers from Writers

As Your Laugh Line we are at your service, delivering you the best in humorous books from humorous writers and doing it all with a grin and a giggle. By now you should be getting our weekly list of funny reads (and if not, pause while reading this and sign ...
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Shel Silverstein

Happy Anniversary to “Where the Sidewalk Ends”!

This week saw the anniversary date of the publication of one of the most successful children’s books ever: WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein (published 20 Nov. 1974). So we thought it fitting to chat about ‘ole Shel, and maybe even teach you a thing or two about one ...
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Top 10 Travel Spots

Top 10 Travel Spots (In Name Only!)

Your Laugh Line’s Top 10 Travel Spots. Sort of. We just liked the names of these places because they offer us something that a good city or town should have — a hilarious name. Since we’ve selected some funny books that deal with travel, we thought that it would be ...
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For Colin Firth

Book Dedications Done Right

It takes tens of thousands of words properly strung together to create a book ("properly," remember, is a relative term). Yet many authors will tell you the toughest words to work with are the ones they use in their dedications. Oh, if you're feeling a pain in your left side ...
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St. Ernest

Advice from Authors — Quotes to live by

We don't think it's a coincidence that November 1st is both All Saints Day and Author's Day. Seriously, we know how wise and helpful authors are. How intellectually gifted. How creatively endowed. And, perhaps most importantly, how funny. In other words, we realize just how saintly they are.  So to ...
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Bad Book Covers

Top 10 Insanely Weird Book Covers

Here is our top ten list of weird book covers -- or at least the ones that are funny.  In many cases, the blurbs match the covers in hilarity.  Some are intentional, others are not, but all of these books do exist.  Links aren't provided but feel free to search ...
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Edgar Allen Poe

The Humor of Edgar Allen Poe

It’s easy to think of Edgar Allen Poe as the Master of the Macabre or the Grand General of the Grotesque (okay, so that second one we just invented, but the sentence seemed like it was incomplete without it). But are you aware that he had quite the wicked wit ...
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Your Laugh Line

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

News flash: this website could make you live longer. Whether it does or not, really depends on you, or, more specifically, on how much you laugh. And how many cheeseburgers you eat in a day. And probably on how often you run into traffic without looking in both directions. Really, ...
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John Ashbery

John Ashbery, July 28, 1927 – September 3, 2017

The world recently lost the great American poet John Ashbery, who passed away on September 3,  2017. As the author of more than twenty books of poetry, he won nearly every American award for poetry (including a Pulitzer) and a variety of international ones, too. For a while he was ...
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Most Humorous Books Awards

The World’s Most Humorous Books

Despite having invented a winning, almost scientifically proven formula for determining the hilarity value of a book, we still can't tell you which is the most humorous book of all time.  We've had numerous discussions, which led to debates, which led to arguments, which led to all-night ballyhoos and still ...
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