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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Best Werner Herzog News You Will Read All Day

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Sorry for just cutting and pasting, but the Guardian's write-up says all that needs to be said. This news makes me want to have a kid just so I can play this for them every night.

Legendary film director Werner Herzog has agreed to narrate an audio version of the surprise hit Go the Fuck to Sleep, a comic bedtime book for parents that has become an unlikely bestseller.

Published today, the picture book begs sleepless children to "go the fuck to sleep" in a series of quaint, expletive-ridden verses. It soared to the top of book charts last month after a pirated PDF went viral, and calls this week from a New Zealand lobby group to ban it are only likely to add to its appeal.

"The flowers doze low in the meadows / And high on the mountains so steep. / My life is a failure, I'm a shitty-ass parent. / Stop fucking with me, please, and sleep," writes author and award-winning novelist Adam Mansbach, who was moved to pen the book when his own daughter was suffering sleepless nights. "The cubs and the lions are snoring, / Wrapped in a big snuggly heap. / How come you can do all this other great shit / But you can't lie the fuck down and sleep?"

Mansbach said that "the best possible person in the world" was narrating the audiobook: Herzog.

Fun fact: When Blogtown was first starting up, one of the potential names for it was "Werner Herzblog." Steve refused to let us call it that. I KNOW.

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