Cartman Becomes a Beef-cake in “Weight Gain 4000,” South Park Episode 102

Oh, what a silly episode. Cartman, having won an essay contest and allowed to speak when Kathy Lee Gifford comes to town, decides to bulk up by eating weight gain supplement. I once did a horrible science fair experiment in tenth grade using weight gain supplements on mice. It was a total failure and my parents were not down with a basement with with mice whose backs I’d used food coloring on.

In any case, Mr. Garrison, forever despising Kathy Lee for beating him in a talent competition as a child, decides to assasinate her.

God Bless is written on the bullet proof traveling shield used by Kathy Lee. What does it mean for her to say that? Is it totally exploitative of people’s feelings about God? Is it an empty and hollow saying?

What did you think of this episode? Have you ever taken weight gain supplement? Did you become a beefcake.

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Featured Author, Irvine Welsh: Currently Reading Glue and Loving It

Published in 2001, Glue is certainly one of Welsh’s longer books. As a master of the short story – and Acid House being an excellent example of this – Glue proves that Welsh has it with his longer books too.

And this is only a mid-way review!

Welsh’s most well-known work, Trainspotting, famous for its adaptation to movie form, demonstrated how funny, bizarre and absolutely deranged the author could be. Its sequel, Porno, was nothing to scoff at either.

Welsh’s ability to tell stories in accents most of us can barely understand when spoken, much less read, while engaging the reader in his characters and never letting their obsessions with sex, drugs and debauchery get in the way of truly masterful storytelling is truly a mark of his talent. I haven’t read an Irvine Welsh book, whether full-length or a short story collection, that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. Of course, I have an unhealthy taste for books about disturbing topics and messed up characters.

Have you read it? What’d you think? Wanna get your own copy of Glue? What’s your favorite Irvine Welsh book?

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