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Sunday Showcase: Haiku Mama

The haiku is the highest form of internet-enabled poetry.

Only seventeen syllables and comprising three lines, the haiku is short, focused on one image or idea, and is, therefore, perfect for reading when you don’t have a lot of time, but have a huge need to be entertained.

The best haikus are quick little hammerblows to the back of the head, stealthy jabs to the pleasure button in your brain.

I like to think of haikus as the body of poetry, stripped of pretense and boiled down to only the bones, but then seeing those bones tattooed and colored.

All of which might go a long way toward explaining why I really enjoyed a new book called Haiku Mama (because 17 syllables is all you have time to read) by Kari Anne Roy.

If you’re interested, and why wouldn’t you be, you can purchase a copy of the book from Amazon.com at this link.

Yay! The perfect time
To strip down naked and scream—
When Mommy’s on the phone.

Substitute the word Daddy for Mommy and you’ve got a perfect

Illustrated by Colleen O'Hara
Illustrated by Colleen O’Hara

snapshot of my life with the little dudes. So, yeah, this is a book that spoke to me.

And, once it spoke to me, it left me in tears. Mostly from laughter. I honestly don’t know when I last enjoyed a non-fiction book this much. It’s a tremendous and tremendously fast read. Just like the medium through which Roy is expressing herself.

In case you’re wondering, I fell for the book with the very first haiku. I read this and realized I needed to read the rest, that Kari Anne Roy was speaking my language.

Sniffing newborn’s head,
a primal urge takes over —
try not to eat him.

Brilliant.

This book gets a wonderful five dudes out of five. Great book that speaks a lot of truth in between the fits of laughter.

Go buy it and enjoy it quickly. You’ll be glad you did.

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What Bugs You About Men? What Bugs You About Women?

What bugs you about the opposite gender?

I know I’m setting myself up for a real horribly bad time here, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

See, I’m considering a follow up to that wonderful, funny how-to book for new dads, A Dude’s Guide to Babies: The New Dad’s Playbook, and one of the things I’m considering is a treatise that explains men to women. And also explains women to men.

Don’t worry (not that any of you really were worried, I’m sure). I’ve got the whole thing figured out on how I can cram two so disparate things into the same book. Trust me, on this one. It’s going to be a tremendously fun book.

If I can sell it. And, to do that, I need your help.

Speaking in general, what is it that bugs you about the opposite gender?

Now, I’m not talking about, say, the way the second toe on Harold’s right foot is longer than his big toe. However, if you say something like it bugs you that men are always clipping their toenails and leaving the leavings around on the floor, then that’s good.

I’m really looking for examples of broad categories, but I’m open to hearing just about any ideas you’ve got.

Although it’s probably well-trodden ground at this point, I’m considering a bit about how men and women use verbal communication in completely different ways. That is, we use the same words, but they mean something completely different.

No, not an astonishingly original observation, but, as I said, I think I’ve got a new way to look at this that could prove funny. Does it surprise you that I’m going for the funny?

If you want, and, again, if I sell the idea, I’d be happy to use your name or as much of your name as you want used in the book as a source. You can even ask me to change the name to protect the ones who say they are innocent, but aren’t really, which you know because they asked to have their names changed.

If you’re interested in helping out, you can leave messages here in the comments, on our Facebook page, DM me on Twitter at @DudesGuide or use hashtags like #BugMen #BugWomen #BugDude. I’ll be checking any and all of them.

Or you could just send me an e-mail and I’ll happily read and answer whatever I get.

Thanks so much for any help you can give me. Even if you don’t have anything for me right now, think about it and try to get it to me later.

Consider getting in touch. I know there’s something that bugs you about the opposite gender, something that — from your gender’s perspective — makes absolutely no sense.

Let me hear about it, yeah?

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Dudes. . . In The Flesh. Whether You Want It Or Not

Well, that’s not actually 100 percent factually true, yeah?

I mean, if you don’t want it, all you’ve got to do is stay inside and don’t venture out to a certain Barnes & Noble Booksellers today during two very certain hours.

Not like we can force you to get in your car today (Saturday), drive the couple of miles to 4020 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 and visit the Morrison Place Barnes & Noble, which is just down Sharon Road from the South Park Mall, get there just before 10 am and stay through noon.

Or is it?

No. No, we can’t.

Still, it sounds like a bit of fun, yeah?

Not only will Barry and I be there from 10 am to noon, but we’ll be signing and selling copies of A Dude’s Guide to Babies, now available in electronic format, the best how-to book for dudes, by dudes and featuring a laugh a page at the very least. We’re also there during story time for tots. Yep, you can bring the little dudes and dudettes with you, drop the sweet anklebiters off at story time and then go buy a few books just because.

What with Father’s Day coming up in just the next few weeks, isn’t now the perfect time to find that gift for the new dad that you’ve been meaning to buy? Or maybe for that dude who’s getting ready to be a dad and is only now realizing it’s for reals and is starting to panic?

Why, yes. That does sound like a good idea.

Heck, why not buy a couple of extras just to have around the house so you’ll have the perfect gift the next time you get invited to a baby shower?

Why not, indeed.

So we hope to see you there today. Remember, it’s from 10-noon at the Barnes & Noble in Morrison Place, that’s 4020 Sharon Road in Charlotte.

Can you really afford to miss out on this opportunity? Were we will probably be asking more questions that deserve only rhetorical answers? Or was it rhetorical questions? Did you know I spelled rhetorical without falling back on spell check?

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