Sunday, September 23, 2007


Did you know there was a new Lemony Snicket book? I've forgiven him his abysmal ending for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Well, forgiven, but not forgotten. I read this book despite his previous mistakes and it was a good laugh. "Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid" by Lemony Snicket is a collection of thoughts and sayings concocted by the pessimistic and paranoid Snicket. I mean pessimistic and paranoid in a good way, really. His radar for treachery and despair is very sensitive, but at least he can make it seem really funny. Snicket is an acquired taste, I think, as some take his dark outlook too seriously. Lighten up and enjoy the gloom!

As I sat reading it, I tore little bits of paper to mark my favorite ones. Soon, I ran out of paper and forced myself to narrow it down to the really good sayings. I'll share some of them with you, just to entice you and get you to read it. The book is organized by topic, including: home, family, school, work, entertainment, literature, travel, emotional health, affairs of the heart, a life of mystery, the mystery of life, an overall feeling of doom that one cannot ever escape no matter what one does, and miscellaneous.

I used to have a bunch of selections from each chapter here until I realized I needed the publisher's permission to reprint them. Oops! If I'm ever inspired enough and have my laundry done early enough, I'll get the permission and post it. Until then, read something else!


  1. Hi Jenny,
    Hmmm.... you have a talent for making gloom and pessimism glamorous and attractive.... have you thought about sales? Seriously it does sound like fun. I will look for it at our library.

  2. I laughed heartily at the's so incredibly my mother!
    Thanks for brightening my day with enjoyable gloom!

  3. Great reviews. You have a gift. Thanks for the fun humor, love.

  4. YES! i'm so glad you put the full name of this book on your blog, i was trying to remember what is easier done than said, but of course it isn't funny if it isn't accurate... :) thanks!