Authors at the Library
March 19, 2014
I figured Mr. Barry would read from his new book of essays, You Can Date Boys When You're Forty, we would all laugh in the right places, he would answer a couple of questions, autograph books, and that would be the evening.
Instead, to my delight, I was treated to a 45 minute stand-up comic routine. Mr. Barry stepped on stage, grabbed the microphone, and was off. He was energetic, expressive, and oh so very entertaining.
First up on his list of topics was Miami: a city full of bad drivers and odd crimes. Then he took on North Dakota (he has a sewer plant in Grand Forks named for him); boys who want to hang out with his 14-year-old daughter (he is devising a cage to trap them at the front door); his dogs' inability to change their routine which led to a riff on the TV dog Lassie; his own memory lapses; and the differences between how men and women think (men have about one thought every fifteen minutes whereas women have fifteen hundred).
Oh, yeah. And we were privy to his experience having a colonoscopy. Too much information? Perhaps, but hilarious all the same.
Mr. Barry is the author of over thirty books including a couple of novels. He wrote a column for the Miami Herald for two decades and won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. He was a member along with Stephen King and Amy Tan of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders which he says played "hard listening music."
I used to read his columns when they ran in an alternative weekly newspaper here. I also liked watching the television show "Dave's World" which was based on two of his books.
He is a funny man! He had the audience laughing the entire time. It was a great evening. I wish you all could have been there with me!