There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god. Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison.
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches #ad - Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: john hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him and some day will; and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.
Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret RoomsViking #ad - And then loses his job. An uproarious read. After spending most of his twenties pursuing a career as a literary agent, John Hodgman decided to try his own hand at writing. Through these stories you will learn many things that only john hodgman knows, or, such as how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, or what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as the Property Brothers, for that matter, those two famous corgis from Instagram.
And there are stories about how, when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your young son so sad at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline. Both unflinchingly funny and deeply heartfelt, medallion Status is a thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity--and about the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren't platinum status anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again.
Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms #ad - An affecting and hilarious meditation on fame and prestige as seen through the lens of an airline loyalty program. The av cluba hilarious and honest new book in which John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Vacationland, leaves vacation behind and gets back to work as a still somewhat famous person.
This led to an unexpected and, implausible career in front of the camera that has lasted to this very day, frankly, or at least until 2016. In these pages, speaking plainly of fame, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, especially at the weird, marginal level he enjoyed it. Following an appearance to promote one of his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor.
Failure Is an Option: An Attempted MemoirDutton #ad - Jon benjamin—the lead voice behind archer and Bob's Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure. Most people would consider H. And maybe the best option. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. A kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets.
Chang's fractures a family" to career "how I failed at launching a kid's show". But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place. Jon benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option.
Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir #ad - . As jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days "wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita" to his romantic life "how I failed to quantify a threesome" to family "wherein a trip to P.
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Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed ResultsHarper Perennial #ad - His true tales of romantic calamities, professional misfortunes, and eventual triumphs reinforce the notion: we get out of the world what we put into it. Full of the warm and relatable humor that’s made him a favorite on the comedy club circuit, Nice Try solidifies Josh Gondelman’s reputation as not just a good guy, but a skilled observer of the human condition.
Whether he’s adopting a dog from a suspicious stranger, mitigating a disastrous road trip, or trying MDMA for the first and only time, Josh only wants the best for everyone—even as his attempts to do the right thing occasionally implode. But he keeps on bouncing back. In this collection of hilarious and poignant essays including his acclaimed New York Times piece “What if I Bombed at My Own Wedding?”, Josh celebrates a life of good intentions—and mixed results.
Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results #ad - The emmy award-winning stand-up comic—dubbed a “pathological sweetheart” by the New York Observer—is known throughout the industry as one of comedy’s true “nice guys. Not surprisingly, he’s endured his share of last-place finishes. Emmy-award winning writer and comedian Josh Gondelman’s collection of personal stories of best intentions and mixed results.
Josh gondelman knows a thing or two about trying—and failing.
Spoiled Brats: StoriesLittle, Brown and Company #ad - We're still paying the price. Surreal, and surprisingly warm, shrewd, these stories are as resonant as they are hilarious. A helicopter mom strives to educate her demon son. From "one of the funniest writers in America" comes a collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars Jimmy So, Daily Beast.
Twenty years ago, Barney the Dinosaur told the nation's children they were special. And a family of hamsters struggles to survive in a private-school homeroom. A hardworking immigrant is preserved for a century in pickle brine. Rife with failing rock bands, student loans, and participation trophies, Spoiled Brats is about a generation of narcissists -- and the well-meaning boomers who made them that way.
Life Among the SavagesPenguin Books #ad - Life Among the Savages #ad - With a novelist’s gift for character, an unfailing maternal instinct, and her signature humor, Jackson turns everyday family experiences into brilliant adventures. But in life among the Savages, she takes on the lighter side of small-town life. In a hilariously charming domestic memoir, america’s celebrated master of terror turns to a different kind of fright: raising children In her celebrated fiction, Shirley Jackson explored the darkness lurking beneath the surface of small-town America.
In this witty and warm memoir of her family’s life in rural Vermont, she delightfully exposes a domestic side in cheerful contrast to her quietly terrifying fiction.
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The SimpsonsDey Street Books #ad - In celebration of the simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history. Four-time emmy winner mike reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever.
. Springfield confidential exposes why matt groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where The Simpsons is watched ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places; and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, Dan Castellaneta, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, who also provided the foreword, Nancy Cartwright, and more.
Like cary elwes’ as you wish, and chris smith’s the daily show: an oral History, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Seinfeldia, informational, Springfield Confidential is a funny, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, animators, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, actors and celebrity guests.
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons #ad - He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes. In his freewheeling, observations, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, irreverent comic style, and favorite stories.
The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional WrestlingAvery #ad - Shoemaker’s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who—like him—grew up worshipping a sport often derided as “fake” in the wider culture. Through the brawling, shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, bombast, audience, and, and bloodletting, yes, art.
Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world.
The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling #ad - Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestling fans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. In it, shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.
Grantland and deadspin correspondent presents a breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its fans, its history, and its wider cultural impact that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavy metal. The squared circle grows out of david shoemaker’s writing for deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week” which boasts over 1 million page views -- a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies to -- and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream.
Divided into eras, profiles some of the period’s preeminent wrestlers, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, and the sport’s influence on our broader culture.
The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western CanonHarper Perennial #ad - How do you use ‘taraddidle’ in a sentence? is it possible to make a gin ricky that’s also a metaphor for the American Dream? How can you tell your Faulkner from your Franzen if you haven’t actually read either?Allow me, the @GuyInYourMFA, to expound on the most important aka white male writers of western literature.
I’ve actually read Infinite Jest 9 1/2 times. Dazzle your friends with how well you understand post-modernism. You’ve probably seen me around, or defying the wind by hand-rolling a cigarette outside a local, observing the masses, fair-trade coffeeshop. Care to discuss?from shakespeare's greatest mystery how could a working-class man without access to an MFA program be so prolific? to the true meaning of Kafkaesque you know you've made it when you have an adjective named for you, the pages herewith are at once profound and practical.
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You’ll be at a literary event asking a question “that’s really more of a comment” in no time. Use my ingenious venn diagram to test your knowledge of which Jonathan—Franzen, Lethem, or Safran Foer—hates Twitter and lives in Brooklyn.
The Body: A Guide for OccupantsDoubleday #ad - As bill bryson writes, "we pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted. The body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody.
Bill bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and unfortunately the ways it can fail. An instant new york times bestsellernamed a best book of the year by the washington post longlisted for the pen e.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants #ad - O. You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design. The washington post bill bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. Full of extraordinary facts your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.
. Wilson literary science writing award"glorious.
Utopia Avenue: A NovelRandom House #ad - David mitchell’s captivating new novel tells the unexpurgated story of utopia Avenue; of riots in the streets and revolutions in the head; of drugs, thugs, love, death, sex, madness, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder. Can we change the world in turbulent times, or does the world change us?
Utopia avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from london’s psychedelic scene in 1967 and fronted by folk singer elf holloway, blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and drafty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the cusp of chart success, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet, prison in Rome, and blues bassist Dean Moss, and on to glory in Amsterdam, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief, and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968.
Utopia Avenue: A Novel #ad - The long-awaited new novel from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.