Book: Welcome to the Idiot Box - Stories, Essays, Self-help Wisdom by Xavier Cockroachal Damon
categories: Book, Absurd Essays, Dr. Seuss Sucks, Hate Dr. Seuss, Political Theatre, Hope Is Futile, Life Lessons, Short Stories
Xavier Cockroachal Damon about this book: The book starts with a short story, "Hope". Blessed, wondrous hope, if one always has it inside, how could anything go wrong? Of course, sometimes all the hope in the world really doesn't do a damn bit of good. In the story I may possibly go totally off on Dr. Seuss. "Cockroachalisms, Life Lessons Learned On My Journey Through Life" is the self-help portion of the book. They are life lessons everyone must learn so as to not make the same mistakes. "Motel Hell" is a short story where the main character is staying at Motel Hell, not the most pleasant place to be, and once you check in to Motel Hell, you never actually leave. "Climb from Hell" is a short story where Supustrus and his wife have for some reason been condemned to hell. They know they shouldn't be there and decide to make their escape and literally climb from hell. Does it all end well for them though? "Gus Versus the Evil Gods" is a very short story that is an offshoot from Cockroachalisms. In it, the hapless character Gus must do battle with eighty-two Evil Gods. I wonder who will emerge triumphant? After this there are many essays of varying lengths that cover many topics. They are presented in a similar style as the stories and are not dry or conventional. They are actually quite offbeat and very much off the wall and actually subversive to what would be considered the typical essay writing process so a person who normally has no interest in reading essays may actually enjoy reading them anyway. The cover is just a picture I had drawn that I felt was a basic image that fit the tone of the book and was used because there was no way an image could capture or represent the specifics of the stories.
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