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Friday, January 26, 2007

Neal Pollack Fact of the Day (for short, say NPFOTD)

posted by on January 26 at 7:30 AM

Among other professional distinctions, many dubious, Neal Pollack had the very first piece in the very first issue of McSweeney’s, which included a parody of NPR-style strife-in-the-Third-World reporting. Representative sentence: “We had dirt for lunch today. All 23 of us. Jumanji, the patriarch of the family, is a short, bald, armless man who looks older than his 87 years…” OK, that’s three sentences. Once you start it’s hard to stop. Other then-basically-unknown writers in the first issue of McSweeney’s, published in 1998, include Sarah Vowell and John Hodgman.

[This has been a Neal Pollack Fact of the Day. A new NPFOTD will appear every day until Thursday, Feb 1, the date on which Mr. Pollack appears at Chop Suey in an event produced by The Stranger. Also at that event: a live interview with Mr. Pollack conducted by Sean Nelson, a reading by Dan Savage, and new songs by “Awesome.” Chop Suey is at 1325 E Madison Street. Doors at 7 pm. Show at 8 pm. And it’s free. If you hate Neal Pollack but love “Awesome,” don’t miss the “Awesome” Facts of the Day—Fact of the Days?—over on Line Out.]

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