ONE MORE THINGOne of my favorite books for teaching creative writing is What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.*

I was thinking of that book the whole time I read B.J. Novak’s hilarious collection of stories, One More Thing. The subtitle, Stories and Other Stories, immediately introduces an element of silliness (you read it and think, Right, what else would there be? and grin), and every piece in this book ponders “What if” questions. What if a man had a female robot custom-designed for his romantic pleasure… then returned her because she fell in love with him? What if Elvis faked his own death, then spent the rest of his life (“until 1994”) working as an Elvis impersonator? What if Comedy Central roasted Nelson Mandela? What if a K-8 principal announced to the entire student body that they would not be allowed to take math until high school?

Novak clearly has one of those wide-ranging brains that makes other people think differently. This book is a fun one. I look forward to seeing what he does next.




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Creator of The Literacy Cookbook (, I am an educational consultant who also happens to love to read incessantly. I found myself referring friends to so many books that it seemed like time to create a blog to record all of these recommendations. So here it is.
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