With One Eye Open [NOOK Book]

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Polly Frost's humor book, "With One Eye Open," brings together twenty-five of her funniest stories, essays and pieces. Her targets for delicious satire include blogaholism, fitness trends, gamers, sex writers, carbohydrate addicts, and friendship in the age of the internet and cellphones. Polly's humor has been published in numerous magazines including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Grin & Tonic and Narrative. "Miss Polly Frost is so funny, so wildly intelligent, and so mean to the unfortunate half-wits who ...
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Overview

Polly Frost's humor book, "With One Eye Open," brings together twenty-five of her funniest stories, essays and pieces. Her targets for delicious satire include blogaholism, fitness trends, gamers, sex writers, carbohydrate addicts, and friendship in the age of the internet and cellphones. Polly's humor has been published in numerous magazines including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Grin & Tonic and Narrative. "Miss Polly Frost is so funny, so wildly intelligent, and so mean to the unfortunate half-wits who cross her path, she is the Edith Wharton of her generation." --E. Jean Carroll, Elle columnist and life advisor at AskEJean.com
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Editorial Reviews

Deb Lester
“There were several themes in this book, that had me rolling on the floor with laughter… If we all looked at life like Polly Frost does, we would do a whole more laughing and a lot less crying. We might even look at exercise from a different perspective.”
Gordon Hauptfleisch
“Just as Benchley had a proclivity for presenting 'the commonplace as remarkable' – as James Thurber noted when he referenced his influence in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Frost, whether it’s carbohydrates, or conversation, or punctuation, also has the wit and wherewithal to take the quotidian and make it quotable, or put drollery into the doldrums."
Jim Cox
"If you're not laughing at your life, you're doing it wrong. "With One Eye Open" is a collection of writing and other works from Polly Frost as she launches her dedicated assault on humor and life around her. With plenty of musings and thoughts, Polly's work does well in offering much to think about and makes for a fun and fascinating read. "With One Eye Open" is a solid addition to any humor collection."
Lesa Holstine
“Polly Frost's humor collection, With One Eye Open, could could just as easily have been called, Both Eyes Open. Frost has her eyes focused on the ridiculous aspects of life, and anything is fair game in the chosen pieces. Frost understands our obsession with everything from computer games to the latest lifestyle fad. Any aspect of society is a likely target for her humor. It's all in fun … the stories poke fun at our lifestyle, everything from Twitter to addiction to sex. If you'
Lisa Romeo
“Edgy, bright, and head-noddingly on point. Polly Frost serves up a little something for most funny bones.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982860700
  • Publisher: Rapture House
  • Publication date: 10/4/2010
  • Series: With One Eye Open Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,273,817
  • File size: 608 KB

Meet the Author

Polly Frost is an author, playwright and journalist who lives in New York City with her husband, Ray Sawhill. Polly's humor has been published in numerous magazines including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Grin & Tonic and Narrative. Sixteen of her humor essays can be found on the Barnes and Noble Review.

Polly's humor has been selected for The New Yorker "best of" anthologies "Disquiet, Please!" and "Fierce Pajamas" and in the recent humor anthology "Humor Me" edited by Ian Frazier.

In addition to humor, she also writes erotica and horror fiction. Polly's story collection, "Deep Inside," was published by Tor in 2007.

Her play "The Last Artist in New York City" (co-authored with Ray Sawhill) was selected for "Best American Short Plays 2008-2009." Their comedy "Sex Scenes" ran for three years at NYC's Cornelia Street Cafe and is now available as a CD and as a download. Polly's writing has also been anthologized in Maxim Jakubowski's Mammoth Books of Best Erotica, in his Sex in City New York.

Polly Frost's website is http://pollyfrost.com
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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Barking in New York Style

    Polly Frost reassures the reader that she has done her best to ensure that each and every one of the twenty-five humor pieces in With One Eye Open is "entirely free of seriousness". Whereas seventeen of the short pieces and stories were written in the last two years, she has included some earlier pieces as well, dated from 1985 onwards. That Frost takes humor seriously is clearly evident from her telling herself, in private, that her "mini-creations cover a Chekhovian range of subjects and embody a Dostoevskian variety of approaches". Her use of self-parody and irony are clear in her wry consideration of herself in such a light (as we all know, the writings of both Chekhov and Dostoevsky are redolent with the dark despair of the Russian soul, whereas Frost's text radiates the uptown blues ambience of New York, the city which, indubitably, first gave rise to the executive suite-bound angst of such literati as Woody Allen). Akin to her literary mentors, Frost is given to deep exploration of her own psyche, revealing her underlying introspective nature in her continuous undermining of self.

    Not only does Frost go to great lengths to poke fun at herself and her own literary endeavors, but she also goes to inordinate lengths to explore the implicit falsifications of the urbane living in an urban society. Frost has come a long way from her first attempts at penning a fictional masterpiece, which, on her presentation to a creative writing class, she claims, only served to elicit an eruption of giggles, and advice from the workshop's instructor that she focus on doing something funny instead. Rather than mincing off in high dudgeon, as many an erstwhile writer is prone to do, after some profound reflection Frost decided to take such sound advice to heart, and, rather than fight the laughter, to invite it instead. And, indeed, her invitation is most appealing.

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