Vacation ’58 by John Hughes

Read John Hughes’ Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started the Movie Franchise … In 1979, National Lampoon magazine published the future director’s fictitious tale of a family trip gone horribly awry. THR reprints the tale that launched an iconic movie series … “If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have…

#MeToo!!!

Well everybody, it finally happened: We’re in! We finally got published in The Satirist. God help ’em. What they want to do with the likes of us, I’ll never know. But it’s up and LIVE, the satiric piece #MeToo!!!, by your humble narrator. Let’s just hope they fare better than those poor schlubs over at…

American Hippo

by Serengeti Philly… The events in this story are true. I have written them down here almost verbatim, just as my good friend Zeudi Araya explained them to me. Whether you believe that a real-life, American hippopotamus could be found rampaging through the terminal at New York’s JFK Airport or not—or that there even is…

David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Come check out one of our favorite excerpts from one of our favorite novels, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace… It turned out that there was something terribly stressful about visual telephone interfaces that hadn’t been stressful at all about voice-only interfaces. Videophone consumers seemed suddenly to realize that they’d been subject to an insidious…

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Please welcome the Godfather of Satire, Jonathan Swift. A Modest Proposal is his short masterpiece. Full title: A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick. Published anonymously by Swift in 1729, the essay is widely held…

Have You Heard the Good News?

by Born Again Philly… I’ll never forget how I came to find Jesus, and just how close I came to meeting my maker. The year was 1974 and I was living in Salt Lake City, right smack dab in the middle of Mormon country. I was a wanna-be Buddhist who had come for the George…

The Legend of Rockin’ Rodney

by Front Row Philly… It was the old gang together again. What was left of it, at least. It was Graham Kraker, Ted Danson and me. I was going to have to make this trip without my attorney, always a dicey affair. And who is Rockin’ Rodney? That’s the question we find ourselves still asking,…

The Chinese Engineer by Philip Loyd

The Chinese Engineer

by Sinophobia Philly… “You know who’s to blame for global warming, right?” said my friend Nathan Niederhoffer. I had a pretty good idea who he had in mind. “The Chinese.” Bingo. Nathan works in the insurance game. He’s a front man for the Pillars of Hercules Life Insurance Company, otherwise known as: The Herc. Read…

The Titleist

by Formerly Philly… This is the story of Ricky Rude. Or maybe it’s the story of Benyomen Fishenshitz. Either way, it all starts with Ricky. You see, Ricky was this six-year old I knew way back in Kindergarten. Ricky was one of those kids who had a nickname for everyone. He was the kind of…