My wife often complains that I have a reckless sense of humor and I “go too far.” She’s afraid that I’m going to get into trouble like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin. I think artistic expression outranks domestic tranquility. In my domicile, we have much more expression than tranquility.
Sometimes humor can backfire and hurt the joker. I contemplated that possibility and slightly changed the titles and covers of two recent books. My efforts at humor could limit my books' sales and my income, so I decided that it would be better for me to be more serious than I had planned.
- Maybe some people would think I'm guilty of the same shortcomings that I criticize in others. (Heaven forbid!)
- Another reason to not have deliberate misspellings in a book's title is that search engines like Google don't understand jokes (at least, not yet). They will index the misspelled term, and anyone looking for links to the properly spelled phrase will not find my books. That's not good.
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Of course, just because I made these books more serious doesn't mean that I'll stop laughing, even at myself.