The All Time funniest books:


The Extra Man
by Jonathan Ames

-- An Incredibley fun and funny tromp through a world
of trannys, elderly gigolos and insecure balding Jews!

Wake Up, Sir!
by Jonathan Ames
-- A post-modern tribute to the Bertie Wooster & Jeeves
novels that had me laughing out loud on almost every page.


Choir Boy
by Charlie Anders
-- A wildly original transsgender coming-of-age story that
captures that weirdly vacant stage of ealy adolescence in a
way few novels ever do. Wryly funny, and by the end, moving.


The Laziest Secretary in the World

by Jennifer Blowdryer
-- A keen and utterly original social observer.
Magnificently unsentimental and positively daffy.


Married Alive
by Julie Burchill
--Dorothy Parker and Oscar Wilde rolled into one couldn't
produce more laugh out loud zingers per page!

Dancing Queen
by Lisa Carver
--Perky, demented and brilliant essays.


The Joyous Season

by Patrick Dennis
-- Formulaic, but oh, what a formula!


The Flower Beneath the Foot
by Ronald Firbank
-- So campy it's avant garde.

Cigarette Waltz
by Philip-Dmitri Galas
-- The story of a tragically petty and bitter old broad
told in a bracingly fresh and yet somehow familiar voice.

Resentment: A Comedy
by Gary Indiana
-- The human thought process is exposed in all it's tragic
majesty on every page. The darkest of black humor. Yeah!


The Male Crossdressers Support Group

by Tama Janowitz
-- The mounting hilarity of this novel left me entirely
unprepared for the fact that I'd be touched at the end. Wow!


Wake Up & Smell The Beer
by Jon Longhi
-- A loving and strangely affecting ode to San Francisco
counterculture weirdness.

 

Youth In Revolt
by C. D. Payne
-- Never has adolescent brattishness seemed so attractive.


Fraud
by David Rakoff
--These fabulously funny personal essays reveal a mind so wonderfully
warped that words cannot express my gratitude for its existence.

 

Little New York Bastard
by M. Dylan Raskin
--Like a funny, working class version of Catcher in the Rye, this is the new
archetypical, American coming of age story. Oh, how I pity the young!

 

Them: Adventures With Extremists
by Jon Ronson
--Investigative journalism at its best, a magnificent journey amongst
hilariously nutty conspiracy theorists that reads like a novel.

Fat Bald Jeff
by Leslie Stella
--Cute twenty-something angst & rebellion.

Civil Warland in Bad Decline
by George Saunders
-- This journey through a frighteningly credible post-apocalyptic
American landscape is
amusing enough that you almost forget
to be afraid.

Pastoralia
by George Saunders
-- Don't read these all at once! Ingest them slowly, when you're
feeling strong enough to face their Kafka meets Jerry Sp
ringer
hyper-reality.

Sleeping Father
by Matthew Sharpe
-- This spectacularly witty novel packs so much psychological
insight you'd think the author was a practising shrink! And
articulate? I kneel before the genius of Mr. Sharpe.

Pizza Face
by Ken Siman
-- Best coming of age novel about a gay boy with bad skin.
His adventures with the first lady's dress are tearjerkingly funny.

Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
-- This is the gold standard of comic novels for a reason.

Domestic Manners of the Americans
by Frances Trollope
--The author visited the United States for a few years
in the early 19th century and disaproved of everything:
slavery, democracy, the impertinence of the lower orders,
the mistreatement of the natives, bad manners, and
most particularly the ubiquitous spitting.


Fabulous Nobodies
by Lee Tulloch
-- Best book about fashion victimhood ever.


D.V.
by Diana Vreeland
-- My dear this memoir is simply not to be believed.

The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Sockett
by John Weir
-- I laughed, I cried, and fell in love with
the author's picture on the back cover.

Colors Insulting to Nature
by Cintra Wilson
--Wilson is that rare thing, a polemicist
with unfailing
wit. The novel details the hilarious flounderings of a
girl coming of age while living with a severe case of
Iwannabefamousitis.


OTHER Terrific books:

Whistling Song
-- A masterpiece! Lyrically beautiful, dryly witty, and artfully erudite.


Distortion

by Stephen Beachy

(see above)

Pink Steam
by Dodie Bellamy
-- A quirky, avan gard, genre bending spectacular!

High Maintenance

by Jennifer Belle
--A delightfully daffy romp through the life of a
Manhattanite divorcee real estate broker.

The Buddha of Suburbia
Gabriel's Gift

by Hanif Kureishi
--So cheeringly honest, smart and witty,
these novels could replace Prozac.

Tiny Ladies
by Adam Klein
-- A brutally honest and quirky look
at addiction that reveals a brilliant mind.


Ecstasy and Me
by Heddy Lamarr
--
No camp parody of moviestardom even approaches this
piece of authentic insanity. A truly shocking memoir.

Getting Over Homer

by Mark O'Donnell
-- Worth reading for the clever metaphors alone.


You Can Say You Knew Me When
by Karl Soehnlein
--A charmingly unsentimental look at family dysfunction
set against the flamboyant last days of dot com madness
in San Francisco, with occasional forays into the beat
scene of yesteryear. There's a lot going on in this novel,
and all of it is handled brilliantly. One hates to drag out
that
tired old phrase, "tour de force," but sometimes
one simply must.

All Fall Down
by James Leo Herlihey
-- This sadly out of print tome is everything a
coming-of-age novel should be!


Remember Me
Horse and Other Stories,
The Dream Life
The Listener
by Bo Huston

-- 4 perfect, bitersweet gems.

Arctic Summer
by Kevin Killian
-- Cleverly drawn characters with just the right voices.

Bedrooms Have Windows
by Kevin Killian

--More of Kevin.

Shy
by Kevin Killian
--Yes, more Kevin still.

Little Men
by Kevin Killian
--Go ahead and read them all.


P.S. Your Cat is Dead

by James Kirkwood
-- Hysterically funny and poignant too.

Good Times/Bad Times
by James Kirkwood
--Poignant and pageturning.

Jackie Under My Skin
by Wayne Koestenbaum
--A brilliant cultural critique of everything as seen
through the prism of Jackie O. (His meditation
on Andy Warhol, another whole book, is also
wondrously brilliant.


Rent Girl
by Michelle Tea
--Never have hooking, drug dealing, and lesbianism
been so charmingly displayed as in this graphic novel.

Rose of No Man's Land
by Michelle Tea
--A rollercoaster ride of a coming-of-age novel. Go ahead,
toss out your old copy of Catcher in The Rye and replace
it with this.

Parties
by Carl Van Vechten
-- The 1920s in all their decadent splendour.

Maiden Voyage
by Denton Welch
-- Fabulously fey.

Tramps Like Us
by Joe Westmoreland
--A magnificent romp through the turbulent gay
netherworld of the late 70s & early 80, told with an affectless
honesty that both endears and enlightens.


The Colected Short Stories of Tennessee Williams
-- Everyone knows his plays, but Mr. Williams is
also the best short story writer of all time.

Swimming Underground
by Mary Woronov
--Such good writing it'd be great even if it wasn't
about the fascinatingly degenerate Warhol crowd.


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