This book injected my subcutaneous tissues with a viscous glowing alkaline buffer derived from a mixture of isoproterenol and rabies antibodies collected from bat carcasses. And peanut butter.
I am a lover of good books, good Chinese food, and good Scandinavian Heavy Metal music.
I am a die-hard Patton Oswalt fan. This was a much more intimate look into the mind of an adorable mad-genius than his stand-up routines. I wish there would have been more.
There are four major essays here, and they range from pretty good to classic Oswalt. The title essay describing teenagers as falling into one of three groups is just wonderful. The article about working in a subterranean mall cineplex goes on too long, but the lyrics read by Michael Stipe rock. The last two articles about being on the road in the 1990s feel like two parts of the same article, and are reasonably funny and insightful, but again, go on to long.
Sorry to say, despite the effort that went into an fully illustrated chapter and fake hobo songs, the rest of the book feels either like filler (I wasn't all that interested in his childhood snow fort) or a clever idea that doesn't really work, or both. The hobo songs are especially irksome. The music is actually nice, but the whole "I'm singing ridiculously rude things only to claim they mean something else" is very one note and juvenile.
Having said that, it all goes down really easy; I mean, it's only 3 1/2 hours of material.
If you do buy the book, make sure to download the PDF so you can see the illustrated chapter; the artwork is quite nice. I didn't realize a PDF existed until I heard about it in the book. You can find the PDF in your library just right of the jacket illustration where it says "PDF".
So, to summarize, I continue to be a gigantic Oswalt fan, and have just purchased his second book, which is a real dandy concept. I just wish this book had more first rate Oswalt in it.
Way too close
I already have recommended it to my friends who grew up in NOVA
First one - I will rent again.
Possibly, but the caveat is that I rarely listen to books twice. But on the other hand, if I could listen to it for the first time again, I would do that!!!
It's personal and (seems to be) heartfelt.
I could have, but I listen in the car and my trips are never that long.
Ok, finally I get to actually review this. I felt like he was sitting next to me in the car telling his stories--he was amazing at reading this. He also put a lot of effort into making the audio version of his book at least as good as the written version (I think it might have been better, given the music cuts and guest reader). I have liked Oswalt as a stand-up comedian and on TV and in movies, but wasn't sure if I cared enough for a memoir.Well, care about it. This is smart and amusing.
Comedians. American History. Nerds. Bring it!
i love this man's voice. i could listen to him for hours! oh wait. i did! yay!
i really love the Wines by the Glass characters.i laughed out loud while jogging when i first heard this chapter. by the way - it's very difficult to job AND laugh out loud. Darn you, Patton!
The Smile Hole!
Oswalt thinks himself cultured and literate. Unfortunately he sucks as a writer when he tries to overextend himself. This guy is just a medium talent comedian. Bleh. . .I have read some crappy comedy but I feel dirty after listening to Oswalt fill up time as he extensively goes over a crappy comedian's schtick (political jokes, topical humor, etc).
DONT BUY THIS! It sucks. . .get the first part if u can
If u must listen to it then wait for the public library to get it.
This guy sucks after 30 minutes. Fat pompous idiot.