14 thoughts on “Remembering O’Donoghue

  1. The Hoyk on said:

    A lesson too long forgotten from a truly twisted genius.

    I can only fathom the irreverent revelry he and Terry Southern are engaged in wherever that spiritual plain may be.

  2. O’Donoghue was a genius, and one who I suspect is largely unknown to anyone under the age of 40. Check out the “Mr.Mike” biography. And remember his other great quote that tv was just a lava lamp with slightly better sound quality.

  3. Does anyone else remember his little treatise in National Lampoon, “Michael O’Donoghue’s How To Write Good”? His all purpose ending: “Suddenly, everyone was run over by a truck” (English aspiring authors can substitute,’lorry’). The best part was the cheesy little cartoon, advertising the lessons. In the first few panels, hapless writer Dave suffers rejection after rejection. Even his wife thinks he should give up Then he reads Michael O’Donoghue’s “How To Write Good”. He submits a story and then … two weeks later, he makes his first sale! … There’s a classic panel where the beaming editor is saying “Great story, Dave! I especially liked the part where everyone got run over by a truck!”
    Mr. Mike lives up to his own credo here. It’s silly and it makes me laugh just typing it out, but he also makes his point about mail order con-jobs and the whole culture of American smarmy salesmen from P.T.Barnum to Cialis ads on TV … not to mention the delusional pathos of most would-be writers. Mean spirited? Yes. That’s what makes it so funny.

  4. I wanted to know what kind of person doesn’t think “Dick in a Box is funny, so I looked at sister carla’s charmless, unsexy blog. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    I’d rather be a dick .

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