Throughout history, many highly-qualified, well-educated and enlightened individuals have formulated and recorded insightful perspectives about the meaning of life and how we fit into the grand scheme of things. Then there’s Daniel C. Dulik!
In Dulik’s book The Big Book Of Dan: Road Alligators and Other Incongruous Possibilities, Dulik offers wacky, humorous, and off-the-wall viewpoints on a wide range of subject material. Traversing time, space, and a number of other conundrums in between, Dulik shares his wit and wisdom on a diverse range of issues ranging from his unique take on the theory of evolution to the annoyances of nose hairs.
Broken down into 33 sections, The Big Book of Dan gives the reader a plethora of topics to peruse and pontificate over. Through poems, stories, essays, and personal accounts, Dulik pokes fun at, satirizes and makes light of some heavy subject matter. While most of the book is written in an upbeat and amusing style, Dulik shifts gears and changes his tone in the section entitled “Tom-My Remembrance.” It is here that Dulik offers a touching tribute to his older brother Tom, who lost his life while serving as a Marine in Vietnam.
Reminiscing about their shared childhood experiences, what they did during their final moments together, and reliving the trauma of coming home to sobbing parents and the unwanted and unwelcomed guest—a Marine Corps Corporal—who greeted the family with the unbearable, unimaginable and unthinkable words of… ‘I regret to tell you…”, this portion was poignantly written and served as a heartfelt and loving tribute to a beloved sibling whose presence is still deeply missed and whose absence is still greatly felt.
However, not keeping the tone serious, sad and somber for too long, Dulik follows this essay with “The Nose Of Killer Man Jaro”–a short vignette about the shape and condition of a fighter’s nose resulting from too many encounters with someone else’s fist.
If you need a break from the tension and stress of everyday life, pick up The Big Book Of Dan. You will be treated to a perspective unlike anything else you could have imagined and in the process wonder, where does this man possibly come up with all of this hyperbole. I hope Dulik decides to take his tales on the road and share his viewpoints with audiences. He’d be a great stand up comic!