Saturday, September 08, 2007

Margaret Attwood's joke

I'm sure she has others, but I like this one, from Negotiating with the dead:

The Devil comes to the writer and says, "I will make you the best writer of your generation. Never mind generation - of this century. No - this millennium! Not only the best, but the most famous, and richest; in addition to that, you will be very influential and your glory will endure for ever. All you have to do is sell me your grandmother, your mother, your wife, your kids, your dog and your soul."

"Sure," says the writer, "Absolutely - just give me the pen, where do I sign?" Then he hesitates. "Just a minutes," he says, "what's the catch?"

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