Library Moments: Strangest thing we have read or viewed

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

There are movies and books that are hard to recall even a week after finishing them. Then there are the ones that stick in your memory for some reason. Sometimes this happens because all of it or some part of it was strange. On this week’s Library Moments Nancy Therrien and I will each be discussing a movie or book that we remember because it was peculiar in some way to us, something out of the ordinary.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: The strangest book title that I have seen Crafting with Cat Hair, available via interlibrary loan. The second strangest is I Could Pee on This [and other poems by cats] by Francesco Marciuliano.

I Could Pee on This is a collection of poems ostensibly written by cats, covering such issues like sushi, closed doors, high shelves, boxes, and of course peeing. It really captures the spirit of our feline friends. Cat lovers will find this short book absolutely falling-down hilarious.

This book is available as an ebook via OverDrive and the Haliburton County Public Library also has a physical copy on order.

I’ll leave you with a cat poem from I Could Pee on This titled “Closed Doors”

LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN

LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN

LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN

LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN

LET ME IN LET ME I_

Oh, uh, hello

I didn’t expect an answer

I did not expect an entrance

I did not expect this room to be

so unbelievably dull

So, uh, goodbye

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: The summary for the movie The Sausage Party reads; One sausage leads a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they are chosen to leave the grocery store.

This adult animated comedy about food is one of the raunchiest films I have ever viewed. The strangest part for me was that the philosophy of life was weaved into this R rated story which adult children wouldn’t even want to watch with their parents. Every morning in the grocery store all of the food pay homage to The Great Beyond with a lovely song and everything is all bright and shiny. The Great Beyond is out the grocery store doors and the food can’t wait to be picked off the shelves and placed in a cart to get there. Disaster strikes when a customer returns a mustard bottle because it was the wrong type and the reshelved Honey Mustard tells the truth – The Great Beyond is a lie. Honey Mustard instructs Frank the Sausage to seek out a bottle of liquor named Firewater for the real story. While smoking marijuana with Frank the Sausage, Firewater the Liquor Bottle discloses that he and other non-perishable foods invented the story of The Great Beyond as a noble lie to ease foods’ fears of being eaten by shoppers.

The story is bizarre and many things happen but my interest was in the philosophical aspects – the food at one point all figure out that the grocery store, where they are, is really where happiness is and they should all enjoy the now, which they do, complete with orgies and further drug use. I’m sorry if you haven’t watched this and intend to watch it – although I really don’t recommend this movie – because I’m about to give away the ending, the clincher. Firewater and Gum have a psychedelic experience and discover that they are not real, but merely cartoon characters, manipulated by human animators and voiced by celebrities in another dimension. Gum has constructed a portal, and the movie ends with the groceries shooting off to the other dimension. I smell a sequel and creator Seth Rogen has confirmed he’s thinking of one.

While strange movies and books are not always remembered in a good way, the creators of stories that stick out from the crowd should be applauded for their efforts. That’s it for this week’s edition of Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

 

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