Thursday, February 16, 2012
Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots
It contains hundreds of amazing conflict situations like these:
-B, attacked by a huge snake, suffers a psychic shock.
-A hopes, by a surgical operation on his skull, to be made immune from the “master passion.”
-A, obsessed with a fear of burglars, places a wax figure in his bed at night and sleeps in a locked closet.
I knew the book had to be mine. Unfortunately, it was no longer in print. The copies I found online were all fetching sums that were roughly equal to what I tend to pay for a blazer. But just as I was processing the psychic shock that came from being attacked by the giant snake that was Plotto's absence from my bookshelf, I learned that the good people at Tin House were going to be releasing a new edition of Plotto at a far more reasonable price (about what I pay for pants).
You can grab it here.
In order to celebrate the re-release of such an amazing book, I have come up with a few of my own conflict situations. Enjoy:
-An inventor, B, is attacked by D, who is a tickle monster.
-X, a man named Z, and Y, a man named T, are both addicted to punching.
-W is a genius cheese maker whose cheese is prohibitively expensive. X is a cracker maker whose crackers are affordable but bad-tasting. The two never meet.
-G, a pterodactyl, thinks it’s funny to use public restrooms without flushing the toilet.
-L, a karate champion, falls in love with B, who is against karate.