Humorist Rob Kutner, a writer for Conan O’Brien's late night show, likes to think he can see the future. His first book, "Apocalypse How: Turn the End-Times into the Best Times," was a veritable guide to surviving Armageddon. And his new book, "The Future According to Me," is — well, it’s exactly what the title implies: A collection of essays in which Kutner’s mind time-travels to the future and reports back what he finds. Ever the trend-setter, Kutner has published the book in a new format called a Kindle Single, a shorter work in e-book format available to read on almost any device — including a regular old-fashioned computer.
Kutner, fresh off writing a Shark Week parody for Conan, took a brief moment from his busy day to answer five silly questions from MNN:
Kutner: Uh, hello? Spoiler alert?
In the future, are there still climate skeptics?
Actually, in my first piece, I imagine a future where climate change gets taken so seriously, we overdo it and usher in a new Ice Age. Then we eat the scientists. A little stringy for my taste.
Is Conan eco-friendly?
Mixed record: On the one hand, it takes a lot of hairspray to keep that famous hairlick of his aloft. On the other, he uses it to shelter a family of endangered sea turtles.
Why a [skipwords]Kindle[/skipwords] Single?
What one piece of green advice would you give to our readers?
If you drive a hybrid like me, make sure people can hear you when you’re driving silently. Dead pedestrians stuck to your hood are bad for gas mileage. Also, a little stringy.