The Barber's Conundrum
"Observations from the Cheap Seats"
Author: John Hartnett
Publication Date: 2012
A gentle "newspaper columnist" selection of stories. Nice mild humor and slice - of - life observations. A slim book, easy to tote around and read a chapter at a time as each is an individual story.
The chapter on getting a boy to do his homework had me in hysterics. He was spot on with that observation.
Early Bird Publishing has released its first book, a collection of
humor essays by John Hartnett, The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories:
Observations on Life From the Cheap Seats.
Mr. Hartnett, a former joke writer and long time publishing
executive, is the owner of Early Bird Publishing. He's also head of
sales and marketing, new product development, editorial and public
relations and when his kids are at school or hiding, shipping and
receiving. Hartnett also writes the humor blog: The Monkey Bellhop (http://monkeybellhop.com).
The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories is a collection of humor
essays that address every day life including parenting (The School
Project: An American Tragedy), relationships (How Bananas Almost
Destroyed My Marriage), religion (If We're Late Again for Church, I Will
Kill You), the media (There But for the Grace of God Goes the Weather
Reporter), animals, specifically geese who tie up traffic by refusing to
fly (Behold the Goose), the afterlife (An Unwanted Glimpse of the
Afterlife), and other topics readily identifiable and relatable to
anyone who doesn't employ and house a staff of servants that outnumber
their immediate family by a ratio of 16:1.
“There's a lot of stress and sadness these days, and at the risk of
sounding grandiose, I wrote this book with the sole intention of giving
readers a little bit of a break -- stories and situations to identify
with, feel good about and most importantly, laugh at,” said Mr.
Hartnett, the guy from the second paragraph (see above). “Much of the
humor is derived from real life situations, actual personal or quirky
news events and is, for the most part, self deprecating, gentle in
nature and not mean spirited, with the possible exception of my
unwavering belief that the customer service industry has been taken over
by people or things who formerly lived on other planets, or
alternatively, weight bearing meteors or rocks.”
Mr. Hartnett was born in Jersey City, NJ, grew up in Cranford,NJ, and
moved to Los Angeles in 1984 after graduating from Emerson College. He
has worked in the restaurant, construction, entertainment and publishing
industries as well as several others, which thankfully, have been
suppressed from memory. He moved back to Cranford in 1997, where his
parents still reside, and is married with three children. His first love
has always been comedy and his second love is his wife, but sometimes
the order is reversed depending on who's in the room with him.