Dave Barry's Money Secrets
DAVE BARRY'S | ASIN: N/a | 2007 | MP3 | 154 Mb
In his latest parody of a self-help book Dave Barry takes on two daunting tasks: trying to match his other achievements in this genre ("Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead," "Claw Your Way to the Top") and trying to be funnier than the real thing. Since the real thing is the facile and pedantic get-rich-quick guide, Mr. Barry faces a steep challenge.
Skip to next paragraph
He delivers, however, a hoot-filled volume loaded with "sure-fire, can't-miss, no-nonsense, common-sense, easy-to-apply, on-the-money hyphenated phrases." And he is on-the-money about more than hyphens when he plays this game.
"Dave Barry's Money Secrets" also skewers the condescension, rhetorical questioning, simple-minded illustrations ("but the lazy grasshopper spent the summer frolicking and downloading Internet porn") and bogus utility in which real advice books specialize. In a chapter titled "How to Get a Job," he describes the applicant's ideal demeanor: "You must appear confident without being cocky, relaxed without being indifferent, and tall without being short." But he warns that there will be many others competing for each employment opportunity. And "there is simply no practical way you can kill them all."
Since he began to write less frequently for The Miami Herald, Mr. Barry seems to have accumulated a hilarity surplus. That's the kind of broad, quasi-economic concept that he himself might analyze here. Here is the Internal Revenue Service's tax code, as Mr. Barry understands it: "Every day at 3 p.m. a taxpayer is selected at random, audited, then thrown into this vault. There's usually a scream, followed by silence, followed by a massive burp. The next day the tax code is bigger." As for the gross national product, he notes that one-third of it goes directly to Bill Gates.