How to Appear Normal at Social Events by Lord Birthday
- Behold the wisdom of Lord Birthday: a tiny mustachioed king who is as insightful as he is ridiculous. His bite-sized illustrations capture the inherent comedy of being human, and his guidance appeals to anyone who is striving against the odds, believing in both the absurdity and necessity of hope.
How to Appear Normal at Social Events is an oddly cheering book of illustrated lists. Largely based on Lord Birthday's popular Instagram account, the book offers excessively absurd, occasionally wise advice on topics ranging from finding your life's purpose to defending yourself against forest clowns. (Hint: Set an oatmeal trap.)
Paperback, 120 pages.
- Chad Murphy is a father, college professor, failed baseball person, and former Mormon. He created Lord Birthday in 2015 as an anonymous outlet for his newly discovered absurdist streak. His unconventional biography was featured on NPR’s Invisibilia in 2017. Lord Birthday quickly gained traction on social media, leading him to focus on list-based comics, and now, short-short essays. His first book, How to Appear Normal at Social Events, was published in March 2018.