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Kipp Friedman
Kipp Friedman (born 1960) is the youngest son of writer and satirist Bruce Jay Friedman. A native New Yorker, Kipp who holds B.A.s in History and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his career as a reporter before working in public relations and marketing for several organizations. He is also a professional photographer. Kipp currently resides in Milwaukee with his wife, Anne, and they have a grown son, Max. Barracuda in the Attic is his first book.

Barracuda in the Attic, available from Fantagraphics.

Entries by Kipp Friedman

Brazilians Celebrate 'Most Congenial Nation' Award at World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:28 AM


The soccer-mad nation of Brazil rejoiced after receiving the newly established Most Congenial Nation award from the FIFA governing body, this despite an epically humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual World Cup champions Germany in the Semi-Finals and a turgid 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the...

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Human Attack Victim: 'The Taste of Coconut Sunscreen Almost Killed Me!'

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:17 PM


A great white shark out for a leisurely swim in open water got the surprise of its life when a human attacked it, sickening it with its offensive sunscreen lotion.

"I was swimming in open water as I always do during the warm summer...

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Take Back Your Freedom (and Your Singing in the Rain)

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:42 PM

I was watching one of those e-cigarette commercials on cable TV -- you know, the one with the ominous, but slightly hopeful piano music and the cool-looking, stubble-bearded actor Stephen Dorff telling viewers: "For us smokers, times have changed... But with Blu, we can still be ourselves."

Boy was Dorff...

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Fainting -- Nothing to Swoon About

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:33 AM

I recently gave a book reading in New York City where I felt the familiar signs: a warming sensation, slight nausea and lightheadedness. (No, I wasn't having a typical author reaction to a sparse but friendly audience. I usually just get nauseous.) I had forgotten a key phrase in my...

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'America's Favorite Guest', Bill Murray, Strikes Again

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Steubenville, Ohio --Bill Murray, the peripatetic star of Caddyshack, crashed a birthday party for five-year-old Caitlyn Kelly, disrupting the Frozen-themed party and making a room full of kindergartners cry and become belligerent.

Dubbed "America's favorite guest," Murray arrived unannounced during a playing of the hit song "Let it Go."...

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Memo: What I Learned From My Memorial Day Weekend Book Readings

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 9:30 AM

1. Don't read on Memorial Day Weekend!

2. Start with a joke -- something like: "I know you'd probably prefer to be in the Hamptons." But don't antagonize the 12 people in the audience by adding: "... but couldn't afford it." The bartender won't give you a free drink.

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How to be a 'Creative' in 15 Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:22 PM

I once read an advertising executive refer to her full-service agency as having a separate division of "creatives" on staff.

Whom were these "creatives," I wondered, that the executive had referred to so pretentiously? And what about all the slighted "non-creatives" on staff? Hath not an accountant an imagination?

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How to Order a Bialy in New York

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 10:46 AM

My friend Jim was planning a trip to New York City and asked if I knew a nice place where he could have breakfast with his children and grandchildren on the Upper West Side. Naturally, my first suggestion was Barney Greengrass -- "The Sturgeon King" -- a go-to deli for...

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Bad Breaks

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM

While visiting the Golan Heights in Northern Israel several years ago, I felt the sudden need to relieve myself. Instead of heading back to the bus, though, I went behind some bushes along a cliff overlooking the Syrian border. A communications tower loomed behind me, no doubt casting a watchful...

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There's Always Someone Jewish

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:45 AM

"Nice hamsa!" said the young barista as we passed by the little coffee shop during an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen.

My wife, Anne, and I were on the second leg of a long-awaited heritage tour of Norway and Denmark last summer that was slowly taking an unexpected Jewish...

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Picasso's Schmatte

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Picasso's Schmatte

I've probably been to the Four Seasons in New York half a dozen times in my life, and have always associated the iconic Midtown Manhattan restaurant -- renowned for its power lunches and Long Island duck -- with cause for celebration.

The first time I ate at...

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Just Say No To Jargon

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:09 PM

It is what it is.

What is?

Know what I'm sayin'?

No, not really.

There you go.

Where? I haven't budged from this spot.

When people speak in meaningless, confusing and pretentious-sounding catchphrases and jargon, my first thought is to want to shout in my best Chris Rock imitation: "DO...

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You Are Now Entering a Hug Free Zone

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 10:05 AM

You Are Now Entering a Hug Free Zone

There are many things that I can think of where President Richard Nixon and I strongly disagree: his broadening of the Vietnam War into neighboring Cambodia; his enthusiasm for the creepy cult-like "Up With People" singers; his deputizing of a drug-addled Elvis...

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Yes, I Am Critical and Controlling. So What!

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:04 PM

Yes, I am Critical and Controlling. So What!

By Kipp Friedman
[Kipp Friedman is the author of the new childhood memoir, "Barracuda in the Attic" (Fantagraphics)]

My psychiatrist said I was "critical and controlling" so I called him a quack and promptly fired him. Okay, I didn't call him...

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A Visit to the Ministry of Why

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:26 AM

By Kipp Friedman

Recently I was asked to watch motivational author/speaker Simon Sinek's popular TED Talk video "Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action" so that I could write a "Golden Circle" report, noting not only what I do and how I do it, but, more importantly, why I...

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Norman Mailer Bit My Dad and Other Childhood Memories

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Kipp Friedman is the youngest son of writer and satirist Bruce Jay Friedman. He is the author of a new childhood memoir, Barracuda in the Attic [Fantagraphics October 2013]

"I can write only from memory," the celebrated Russian writer Anton Chekhov once proclaimed, although I suspect even he...

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