So, what the hell is Plrknib?
Plrknib – pronounced “plurk” (like “work”) – “nib” – is a lot of things.
“Plrknib” is not a real word.
Plrknib is a memoir about my experience doing stand-up comedy in Cincinnati in 1980-81 when I was 16-17 years old. Most of the book was serialized here at plrknib.com over the course of 2016, and was eventually published at the end of the year. The book is available at Amazon and fine bookstores everywhere.
Most of the entries here during 2016 were straight chapters from the book. But there have also been meta chapters explaining things going on behind the scenes. Here’s one.
“Plrknib” itself is the name of a single, extremely important joke that appears about halfway through the story. Here’s a link for cheaters who don’t care about the story but just want to know what the damn word means. You’re welcome.
Alex Bernstein is a pushcart-prize nominated freelance writer in New Jersey and the author of Miserable Holiday Stories. His work has appeared at NewPopLit, Corvus, BluePrintReview, Hobo Pancakes, Gi60, The Rumpus, The Legendary, The Big Jewel, MonkeyBicycle, McSweeney’s, Yankee Pot Roast, Swink, Litro, Back Hair Advocate, and the original PopImage, among others. Please visit him at Prom on Mars.