3 Things: Norman Maclean, Existential Riddles, and Greg Hochmuth / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

If you're new to these emails, welcome! Every Saturday, I send out a short email with three great things. If you feel like you haven't gotten these emails in a while, try checking to make sure this email is a trusted address so they aren't getting filtered to spam. For live shows, I've got a bunch featured below and a complete list on my website. Feel free to spread the word about these emails! Anyone can sign up for the mailing list online and/or check out the archive with all past emails here.


Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m. It's my last NYC show of the year. Come to You Get A Spoon! for jokes from me and Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), a reading by Adina Talve-Goodman (One Story Magazine) and lots of audience prizes!Details/tickets here

Wednesday, December 30 at 8 p.m. You Get A Spoon! makes its Seattle debut. I'll be telling jokes, we'll have music from Zubin Hensler and Willem de Koch (The Westerlies), and Bianca Giaever (This American Life) will screen some of her short films. It's going to be great. Get tickets here

You can also see my full schedule up on the website now.

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

I try my best to keep it positive, but every once in a while, a good, well-deserved burn is very satisfying. Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It , was "rejected by publishers Alfred A. Knopf after initially being green-lit." After his book became wildly successful, those same publishers asked him if they could publish his second book. His response if one of the all-time great burns. It's just perfect. Letters of Note: The end of the world of books

(Side note: I strongly recommend the blog this comes from: Letters of Note. They're great).


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Ethan Kuperberg's piece in the most recent issue of The New Yorker is brilliant. It's one of those pieces of comedy writing that makes me laugh and then makes me immediately intensely jealous of how good it is. I literally cut this out of the magazine so I could keep it.Existential Riddles

1 Interesting Thing:

I met Greg Hochmuth through mutual friends in NYC. He's one of the most interesting people I've gotten to talk to. Greg is a software engineer who helped start Instagram, but he's also an artist trying to get people to think about the way that tech influences our lives. His latest piece an amazing, thought-provoking artwork that could only exist digitally. In fact, you are only allowed to experience it for about 7 minutes at a time. I'd recommend reading this profile of Greg's work in The New York Times and then checking the site out for yourselfNetwork Effect

Ok, thanks for reading! More details on shows and my full schedule online at www.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/

Have a great weekend,