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Cream of the Cool

Smek for President!
by Adam Rex
Hyperion Books, 2015

This is the sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday. If you have not read that, you should go read it now (having seen the movie does not count). If you have already read it, you should now read Smek for President! Really, that's all you need to know. But just to pad things out a little...

Sometimes, after betraying your people, saving your people,…

 

 

History often is interpreted not by what people said,  but what people thought someone had said.   There are numerous examples of Famous quotes from famous people who have since gone on record as denying that they ever said such such a thing.  

The phrase above, however, is a direct quotation from the poet whose work was attached both physically and symbolically to…

If it weren’t for the glass case, the numerous warning signs on the outside, and the fellow telling you to in no way to taunt or touch the doll, it would look like a mint late 60’s Raggedy Ann.

Talky Tina was Twilight Zone’s version of “Chatty Cathy”, a Mattel doll with a small record player inside. You pulled the string, and a somewhat mournful voice would say a random phrase from a list of about a dozen. (Her minor keyed tones were due to a slight glitch in the flywheel that…

As the name implies, a stirrup hoe has a head that resembles a stirrup. Ideally made out of spring steel the head has two working edges which pivot by several degrees upon a closed hinge. This hoe is a long handled tool which is primarily used to hoe along and in between established rows of vegetables. Heads of varying width are available.

Unlike other hoes which working edges are applied roughly perpendicular to the soil, the stirrup hoe’s working edges are more or less parallel to…