Les Pages aux Folles
HOME PAGE THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:I want to drink that bird, but I find it hard to swallow...
Welcome to Les Pages aux Folles, a collection of satirical writings and comedic doodles. The most recently written articles can be found in the New section; two or three will appear each Sunday. I now also rotate two cartoons (My Toronto and/or Delicate Negotiations); while the latest will appear on this page every Sunday, recent cartoons can be found on the appropriate pages in the New section. Collections of older material (currently numbering 32: 25 books of prose and seven of cartoons) appear in the Archive.Enjoy,
WARNING: This Web site contains words, images or concepts that may be offensive to some.
Les Pages aux Folles is officially a teenager!
The first week in September marks the thirteenth birthday of the creation of this very Web site, and I couldn't be prouder! This means that Les Pages aux Folles will soon start sneaking out of the house while I'm not looking so that it can go down to the ravine in back of the high school and shoot at empty bottles and cans with a gun that just apepared one afternoon while drinking alcohol somebody got out of their parents' liquor cabinet. What? It's already started doing that?
Parents are always the last to know, aren't we?
Well, I'm going to blow out a candle to celebrate my baby's birthday. And, then, I'm probably going to set a curfew...
Calling All Alternauts!
A novel which I have written called Both Sides. NOW! is in a competition on Inkshares, a literary crowdsourcing Web site. The five people whose projects get the most preorders get a contract with an American publisher. It's every writer's dream!
Both Sides. NOW! is a humourous science fiction novel about what happens when everybody in the world changes sex. If you went to sleep in the body of a woman, you wake up in the body of a man, and vice versa. I think it's the best novel I've ever written, uniquely smart and funny. If you have a little time, read the 50 page excerpt on Inkshares (that number again); you just might find that it's worth your support.
A Very Special Interview
My nephew Emo has wanted to do something with me for his Youtube channel for a long time, and now we have! (He's such a sweetie, how could I possibly refuse?) It's a straight up interview: ten questions, two parts. If you're interested, check out PART ONE and PART TWO. It was a unique experience, quite enjoyable, and we have already agreed to do it again when I have a new book out. In the meantime, enjoy!
Subtle Self-promotion is Equated With a Good Idea at Les Pages aux Folles!
If you read a book by a small press or self-published author that you really enjoy let the world know! Blog about it. Post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads or the like. Mention it to your social networks. Small press and self-published authors live and die by word of mouth, and your friends would probably be grateful to find a good book by a new writer. Everybody wins!
This Week's New Columns
"Yeah. Cool. I'm starting to see how this whole 'obituary' thing works..."
c) as Machiavellian as Justin Trudeau's hair
In short, he's all that and a bag of chips...a bag of muscular, hairy, virile chips.
Other Things Worth Knowing
Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never Ednishes
I now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.
Your Immortality Is Ensured! Sorta... More Or Less...
Ask Amritsar and Ask the Tech Answer Guy, the two advice columns produced by the Alternate Reality News Service, are now a weekly feature of Les Pages aux Folles. I'm not sure how this is going to work out, but it's nice to see the Web site continue to evolve. Now that the advice columns are a regular feature, I need reader input more than ever! If you have a grave concern or a passing wonderment that you think one of our advice columnists can answer, I want to hear from you. Simply submit your own questions to: email@example.com. It's your shot at immortality! And, it's my chance to fill another 700 word column!
As always, all praise to Gisela McKay of Pixcode for her assistance with Les Pages aux Folles since its inception. Not only has she donated space on her server for me to park the Web site, but she has withstood an onslaught of newbie questions that would have made a lesser woman run away screaming (not an uncommon reaction to me, I must admit). This Web site would not have been possible without her. Gisela is, truly, a tech goddess.
All material on this Web site is (c) copyright by Ira Nayman. For more on this fascinating subject, go to the Les Pages aux Folles Legal page.
Welcome, Science Fiction Fans!
What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys, Luna for the Lunies!, The Street Finds its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies and The Alternate Reality News Service's Guide to Love, Sex and Robots in the Archive Section, as well as a new Alternate Reality News story every week in the New Section. They are clearly marked [ARNS] for easy identification. And, please feel to browse through the other writing, cartoons and miscellaneous oddments - you never know what you might enjoy!
Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never EdnishesI now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.
Would you be interested in immortality?
technology and anything except love and sex. It's a thing with him. Don't ask. ARNS is now soliciting questions for these advice columns from readers. That means you! If, after reading any of the columns, you are inspired to write a question of your own, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org! (Without the exclamation mark, because that would just be rude.) If your question is selected, your name and a link to your Web site will be posted on this Web site, which, at almost 14 years old, may not exactly be immortal, but is pretty darned long-lived. So, okay, maybe we oversold it a bit. But, what the heck? Have fun with it. We look forward to reading your questions!