Have YOU ever interviewed a fly? What about a park bench, a peanut or a toilet? A boomerang, maybe? How about a bar of chocolate…?
If not, you’re in for a treat, and a whole new world of wonder, guaranteed to get you thinking—and laughing—while expanding your take on life.
I’ve always had a mind full of questions. What would the world look like if we had no concept of God? Why do we stay so carefully contained when we’re capable of pure magic? Why do we fear the judgement of others who are equally afraid of being judged by us? Where does all our bodily waste go, once we flush it down the toilet? And why does some dark chocolate taste so darn good?
This quest for understanding got me thinking outside the box—and communing inside my head. Time for the funny farm, you might think. Yet it was the sanest I’d been in a long time—and life was a lot more fun. Before I knew it, all kinds of inanimate objects were expressing their quirky views on money, relationships, food, humanity and our endlessly dysfunctional existence. A short rest on a park bench led to some very strong directives from that wooden seat; and a walk through a neonatal hospital ward prompted a stream of indignant insights from a newborn.
The result was A Talk on the Wild Side: a collection of unconventional conversations, filled with attitude and wisdom from the most unlikely sources—from dinosaurs to dandelions, mattresses to parking metres, popes to peanuts, toothbrushes to toilets, and plenty of other wiseguys I’d never talked to before.
It was a whole new way of looking at life—through the eyes of inanimate objects that I’d normally ignore but had an awful lot to say. Once I opened up to the idea, they came at me thick and fast. A fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex, for example, shared insights about memory that put a whole new spin on human dynamics and our ‘dinosaur mentality’. And a maple leaf delivered unexpected clarity about aging and youthfulness that got me laughing at my laugh lines.
It was a real zoo…
…an uproarious romp with some highly opinionated quadrupeds, as well as Oprah, Jesus and a rather subversive subconscious mind. I was even offered endorsements by a taste bud and a toaster, while numerous others demanded to be interviewed for my next book.
If you’ve never shared laughs with a hyena, chatted up a strawberry, or had a chinwag with a boomerang, it’s time to get talking on the wild side
Forget about all those gurus out there, telling you how to live your life. Wisdom is all around you and, after reading this book, you’ll find yourself talking to the strangest things.
“Illuminating, lighthearted and full of energy—ideal for all you bright sparks out there. Get it and get switched on!”
—a light bulb
I’d love to get your feedback on the book… but only if you’re human. If you’re a toaster, a frog, a wardrobe, a testicle or a sock, don’t call me again. I’ve already got you on the waiting list for the second book, okay? So please be patient.