NOTHING IS SO dispiriting as a glance at the magazine rack: so many words, so little to read, and the parched reader perishes amidst apparent abundance, as a man might die of thirst in the middle of the ocean.

When Dr. Boli founded his celebrated Magazine in 1825, the common goal of magazines in general was to present their readers with something to read. One by one, such magazines have vanished, or changed beyond recognition, so that now only Dr. Boli’s remains, a tiny oasis in a vast desert of print.

Over the years Dr. Boli has made few concessions to the advance of technology. The typewriter was one such concession. Dr. Boli himself prefers to write with a steel pen dipped in sepia writing fluid, but he has found that a typewriter in the office makes a noticeable increase in the speed of his secretary’s work. As Dr. Boli has employed the same secretary since 1879, any increase in his speed is noted with sincere appreciation. Likewise the Linotype machine, which Dr. Boli purchased in 1996, has made the production of his celebrated Magazine swifter and more efficient than it was with the old wooden press Dr. Boli had used until that time.

When Dr. Boli heard that there was such a thing as a World-Wide Web, by which the printing stage of publication could be entirely eliminated, he knew that this was another of those technical advancements that would materially improve the production of his Magazine. After eleven years of preparation, Dr. Boli’s celebrated Magazine is finally being published in an electrical form. It is Dr. Boli’s hope that this improvement will bring good literature within the reach of many millions of readers who have long since given up on magazines in their paper form.


  1. Jim says:


  2. It is quite clear, and there can be no mistake about it, that classic websites of the ilk of Dr. Bolis are deplorably scarce and thus all praise should devolve thereto.
    I will personally accost everyone I know who might be interested in this sort of thing and direct their attention hithertowards.

  3. ME says:

    With Respect Dr Boli, you have neglected the poor starving artists who work on the wood block cuts for print and graphics. Getting ignored and paid peanuts is nothing new, especially to those of us familiar with the Nuremburg Chronicle published in 1493. Of course the summer intern that year was Albrecht Durer. He was apparently good with the ladies and donuts.


  4. Ron Evry says:

    Discovered and ran through “DR. BOLI’S ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN HUMOR.” Interesting selection, nice page layout. Sorry you didn’t include works by Brick Pomeroy, Philander Doesticks, or the ultimate genius of American Humor, Stanley Huntley. In any event, you may want to lend an ear to the 2000 plus episodes of the “Mister Ron’s Basement” podcast (2005-2011) which are all indexed at http://misterronsbasement.com/ There’s also a blog linked to on most of the pages, with intriguing back stories, such as Poe’s swiping of Seba Smith, the origins of Max Adeler’s pen name, and the running feud between Adele and Twain.

    • Dr. Boli says:

      You have made some very good suggestions for a second volume. Dr. Boli would also especially like to include Bert Williams, the Vaudeville comedian who was a master of the tall tale.

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