We don’t know about you, but we’re seeking out the laughs right now, big time! These crazy times are making us search out joy and humour every day (with the occasional day off from the news too). And so it was with much guffawing on this week’s post office runs, listening to one of our favourite comedians, Kitty Flanagan. If you haven’t already caught her stand up (the latest is on iView at the moment), it’s also well worth the view.
488 Rules for Life is not a self–help book, because as Kitty says ‘it's not you who needs help, it's other people’. Whether they're walking and texting, travelling double file on the escalator or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don’t know the rules. But thanks to Flanagan’s comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it ... where your co–workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave ...and where middle–aged men don't have ponytails!
Flush. Pause. Check
What started out as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)
Cushions are not spiritual advisers
What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book: ‘You're welcome, everyone.’ ‘Thank god for me.’ ‘I'd rather be sad and lonely, but right.’ ‘There’s not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it’.
Don’t serve food on planks, tiles, slabs of granite or any other building materials
Kitty Flanagan is a much–loved Aussie comic, her recent Fisk TV series is also still available on iView if you missed it.
And if you still want more Kitty, there’s this hilarious conversation with Geoff Hutchison chatting to her about where her inspirations came from. Enjoy the laughs!
Narrated by Kitty Flanagan and available now on the ABC Listen App.