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What I Hate

From A to Z

by Roz Chast

Hardcover, 64, Bloomsbury USA, List Price: $15 |


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A cartoon alphabet of aversions is comprised of entries about objects and events the author hates, and includes such despised horrors as rabies, triple-layered Jell-O, and premature burial.

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What Cartoonist Roz Chast Hates, 'From A To Z'

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For many years, I thought that people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens were either desperate attention-seekers or just nuts. Why else would they say that they were spirited out of their beds and through walls and roofs and into a flying saucer? I changed my mind after attending an abductee conference. Maybe they were lunatics, but that doesn't mean they weren't onto something.

Alien Abduction

Many terrible things begin with B: bears, blindness, boilers, bats, bridges, and brain tumors. But no one brings any of those things to a party to up the fun quotient. When I look at a balloon, all I see is an imminent explosion. Where's the fun in that?


A huge crowd of moronic-looking people hell-bent on "amusement"; brutish carnies running rigged games in which people try to win hideous stuffed animals; dangerous rides where you get flung around to the point of nauseousness, manned by drunken half-wits; electrical cables underfoot; carcinogenic food; and much, much more.


Copyright 2011 by Roz Chast. Reprinted by permission of Bloomsbury.