Friday, November 20, 2009

Urban Literature 

Regrettably, I think there's nothing funnier than pun heavy/parody porn titles like John and Kate F*ck Eight or The Curious Case of Benjamin’s Butt. (Other favorites: Shaving Ryan’s Privates, Schindler’s Fist, & The Grudge F*ck). Nothing reduces me to helpless laughter faster. I wish that I didn’t have such a childish sense of humor but since I do I knew it was going to be a challenge when a patron called and wanted me to read the long list of urban fiction books she had checked out. Even though years of handling out-of-left-field, peculiar questions from the public have given me plenty of practice in maintaining my composure, I still haven’t reached my ultimate professional goal of being completely unshockable, as imperturbable as one of those world weary priests or cops who have heard and seen it all. So, I grit my teeth, and in the carefully modulated voice of Nurse Ratchet and Hal the Computer began making my way through the list. “Desperate Hoodwives, *69 and Thong on Fire can be renewed, but Riding Dirty on I-95, G Spot: An Urban Erotic Tale and Thug-a-licious…”

At that point one of my eavesdropping colleagues, whom I will never forgive, let out a loud, “HA!”

This set me off, and I had a full blown giggling fit and had to put the patron on hold. After slapping myself a couple of times on the cheek I was able to resume the phone call. I am so thankful that she called and wasn’t there in person because the last thing I would want to do would be to offend someone because I share the same humor as an adolescent male.

I concur!
Some of my favorites---Screw the RIght Thing, LA Raw, Bright Lights, Big TItties.

I kinda miss going to the old video store, wandering through the adult sections, and sneaking some laughs.
Hannah Does Her Sisters
I first learned of this porn/pun tendency in the 80's, when "Edward Penishands" was for rent.
Good heavens. We left Washington, D.C., in 1987, but we still laugh over the porn movie that played there for several months, shortly after the hit it was punned after -- and its plug line: "Flashpants: Cop a feeling"

How about the titles and refrains of country music? I'm quite fond of "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?"

What is it about you librarians?
For oldies', but goodies'...how about "Homo on the Range" and "Bob and Carl, Ted and Alex"...love your continuous posts! P.S. I am married to a librarian.
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