Tuesday, March 3, 2009

___ for dummies

As more evidence of the dumbing down of America, bookstores are now replete with books claiming to be guides on subjects for dummies. The saddest thing I've seen in my life was The Internet - for Dummies. Ummmm, seriously folks. I think Curious George is above your reading level if you have to consult a book on the internet for dummies. Please, just leave your brain at the door. You obviously don't use it.

Furthermore, I'd like to cast a social stigma on anyone reading any of those books in that series. Please. What are you saying about yourself? I refuse to even touch one of those books. How embarrassing! What if someone sees you reading it? Heaven forbid.

Therefore, those books are to be avoided at all costs. No matter the subject, no matter how ignorant you are, do not pick up one of those unless you're prepared to face the consequences.

And no, not even Einsten for Dummies is acceptable. Maybe Einstein for the Horrendously Smart and Intelligent. Or Knitting for the Very Talented*. Or Picking Your Nose in Public for Superheroes. Only then.

*Several weeks ago I put on hold the only book at the local library related to knitting, thinking to teach myself how to make hats and be cool like my little skier brother. Ummmm, the book was big and pink and written for five year olds. Not exactly what I had expected. You can't imagine the embarrassment I felt while walking out holding that book. The librarians were looking at me like I was a pedophile or "special". Ugh.

1 comment:

MommaMcCarthy said...

Vogue Knitting

buy it.