…Walk Into A Bar

An Afghan, an Albanian, an Algerian, an American, an Andorran, an Angolan, an Antiguans, an Argentine, an Armenian, an Australian, an Austrian, an Azerbaijani, a Bahamian, a Bahraini, a Bangladeshi, a Barbadian, a Barbudans, a Batswanan, a Belarusian, a Belgian, a Belizean, a Beninese, a Bhutanese, a Bolivian, a Bosnian, a Brazilian, a Brit, a Bruneian, a Bulgarian, a Burkinabe, a Burmese, a Burundian, a Cambodian, a Cameroonian, a Canadian, a Cape Verdean, a Central African, a Chadian, a Chilean, a Chinese, a Colombian, a Comoran, a Congolese, a Costa Rican, a Croatian, a Cuban, a Cypriot, a Czech, a Dane, a Djibouti, a Dominican, a Dutchman, an East Timorese, an Ecuadorean, an Egyptian, an Emirian, an Equatorial Guinean, an Eritrean, an Estonian, an Ethiopian, a Fijian, a Filipino, a Finn, a Frenchman, a Gabonese, a Gambian, a Georgian, a German, a Ghanaian, a Greek, a Grenadian, a Guatemalan, a Guinea-Bissauan, a Guinean, a Guyanese, a Haitian, a Herzegovinian, a Honduran, a Hungarian, an I-Kiribati, an Icelander, an Indian, an Indonesian, an Iranian, an Iraqi, an Irishman, an Israeli, an Italian, an Ivorian, a Jamaican, a Japanese, a Jordanian, a Kazakhstani, a Kenyan, a Kittian and Nevisian, a Kuwaiti, a Kyrgyz, a Laotian, a Latvian, a Lebanese, a Liberian, a Libyan, a Liechtensteiner, a Lithuanian, a Luxembourger, a Macedonian, a Malagasy, a Malawian, a Malaysian, a Maldivan, a Malian, a Maltese, a Marshallese, a Mauritanian, a Mauritian, a Mexican, a Micronesian, a Moldovan, a Monacan, a Mongolian, a Moroccan, a Mosotho, a Motswana, a Mozambican, a Namibian, a Nauruan, a Nepalese, a New Zealander, a Nicaraguan, a Nigerian, a Nigerien, a North Korean, a Northern Irishman, a Norwegian, an Omani, a Pakistani, a Palauan, a Palestinian, a Panamanian, a Papua New Guinean, a Paraguayan, a Peruvian, a Pole, a Portuguese, a Puertorican, a Qatari, a Romanian, a Russian, a Rwandan, a Saint Lucian, a Salvadoran, a Samoan, a San Marinese, a Sao Tomean, a Saudi, a Scottish, a Senegalese, a Serbian, a Seychellois, a Sierra Leonean, a Singaporean, a Slovakian, a Slovenian, a Solomon Islander, a Somali, a South African, a South Korean, a Spaniard, a Sri Lankan, a Sudanese, a Surinamer, a Swazi, a Swede, a Swiss, a Syrian, a Tajik, a Tanzanian, a Togolese, a Tongan, a Trinidadian or Tobagonian, a Tunisian, a Turk, a Tuvaluan, a Ugandan, a Ukrainian, a Uruguayan, a Uzbekistani, a Venezuelan, a Vietnamese, a Welshman, a Yemenite, a Zambian and a Zimbabwea
…. they all go to a bar.
The doorman stops them and says, “Sorry, guys. I can’t let you in without a Thai”
(At least the Thai stayed home in isolation!)
Note: This is not my joke. It’s floating around Facebook.

Harry Potter vs. Huckleberry Finn: Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories Than Americans – The Atlantic

I’m not sure the title captures the content fairly but there are write a few interesting points.


Pop Sonnets

My grandmother, Cosette Middleton, self-published two books of her own poetry. She had a practice of writing a sonnet a day so she ended up with quite a collection. She wrote on everything, anything that would get that poem done every day! She wrote sonnets about sonnets, about writing sonnets, about aging. Seriously, about anything.

After she died my mom started the process of curating a book of her mom’s sonnets from this collection. My sister picked up the project when my mom got sick. My niece did the artwork and in 2009 Sonnets From a Storm Cellar was published.

All that to say that I think my grandmother would have appreciated Pop Sonnets, a Tumblr page filled with Shakespearean-style sonnets. Like my grandmother this person is prolific but where my grandmother was all over the place, Pop Sonnets, as the name hints, condenses pop songs into 14 line sonnets.

Here, for instance, is his take on John Lennon’s Imagine:

He also sonnetized Weird Al Yankovic’s The Saga Begins:

There are many more where those come from like the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Note: The two images in this post are not my work. They are from the Pop Sonnets Tumblr page and belong to that person. I’m using them in the form of a review with the hope that anyone who reads this will feel compelled to visit his site. Maybe they’ll buy his book!