By Mark Traphagen on February 25, 2009
I like What Chris Likes. Chris Martin (no, not that Chris Martin, let’s get that out of the way) was one of our housemates in Philadelphia for all too short a time. He is also one of the funniest and most interesting people I’ve ever met. Though we’re nearly 30 years apart in age, we share a lot of the same taste in music, books, and humor (and at least one of us probably ought to be disturbed by that fact).
He’s also this guy.
This past fall Chris started a humor blog called What Chris Likes. This is an ingenious title, because the blog is about what Chris Likes (at least on the Internet). Each day Chris posts something odd or wacky he’s run across on that vast warehouse of odd wackiness, the Interwebs. Now granted, there are thousands of sites and blogs that do the same thing. But I recently told Chris that I would be following his site even if he weren’t a good friend. What sets apart What Chris Likes is, well, Chris. He takes on a persona on the blog (partly really him and partly not) that makes his descriptions and introductions sometimes more funny than the sites or videos he links. Tip: I strongly recommend you don’t skip over clicking on the random links often scattered throughout his text. If you do, you’ll miss a good deal of the brilliance of his humor.
Now comes the part where I try to justify this as a valid League of Inveterate Poets post. If you’ve read my Context piece, you know that I define an Inveterate Poet as someone who can’t help but see beauty in odd places, particularly in the juxtaposition of one thing seen in the light of another. At the risk of violating Robert Benchly’s dictum that “Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people“, I think that humor writing like Chris’s is an exercise in inveterate poetry. He forces us to see things actually meant to be serious as the absurdities they may actually be. And in the process new worlds are created.
And besides, What Chris Likes is just a wonderful waste of time when that’s all you need! http://whatchrislikes.wordpress.com