People make a mess.
Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.
Attempting Normal is Marc Maron’s journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f--kup who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.
©2013 Random House Audio (P)2013 Marc Maron
"An already enjoyable memoir, the audio version benefits from the improvisatory ease Maron developed as a stand-up comic, Air America radioman and host of the popular 'WTF with Marc Maron' podcast, from which much of the book's content was developed. The audiobook, which includes excerpts from the podcast, veers wildly from personal history to confession to documentary to punch line to psychoanalysis to intellectual rant to anti-intellectual armoring to inside joke to dead serious to deflatingly unhyperbolic to high to crude to political to nostalgic to philosophical to historical to proud to self-abasing, and it keeps the listener happily off-balance." (Kyle Minor, Salon)
"I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny." (David Cross)
"Devastatingly funny." (Los Angeles Times)
"The stuff of comedy legend." (Rolling Stone)
This book was much better than I expected! I am a fan of the WTF podcast and have seen Maron live, but I wasn't sure if his shtick would come across as well in a book. Having just finished Attempting Normal, I now think that books probably showcase his humor even better than the podcast. I'm not sure if this would be as entertaining to those who weren't already on the Maron train, but I'd like to think that anyone who enjoys relatable comedians will appreciate this book.
this book was meant to be heard, not read. Maron's performance on the audiobook makes you feel as though you are sitting across the table hearing his deeply personal life story.
Any of my friends listening to WTF will get this reccomended.
Marc Maron playing Marc Maron?
His impression of Lorne Michaels.
When he breaks the chair, it was so cathartic.
I really enjoyed the fact that Maron narrated his own book! It was a clean read that i got done in two days and i learned even more about him, and his life. As someone who frequently listens to WTF thats saying something. But oddly, my favorite part of it was how much i learned about myself through out this book. Five stars all the way.
I've listened to a large number of his podcast and am a huge fan of his show. although I've heard or seen most of this in various other forms, this was still a treat and well worth the buy. looking forward to more from Marc!
I liked this book a lot. I've listened to his podcast on and off. I recognized a couple of bits from there, which is cool.
I do have one issue with it.
The only thing I'd say is Maron comes off as a bit of a racist in this book. It's kind of intense and surprising and I don't remember thinking that while I listened to his podcasts. In one chapter he talks about being afraid on the plane because he thinks it is about to be subject to a terrorist attack because some guy of an unclear ethnicity is standing by the bathroom. Maron has a panic attack over it. What the hell? Really? It's under this guise of "you know what I mean," wink wink, as if most people have thoughts like that when seeing men of different ethnicities on airplanes, which is just stupid, and makes me think, "Wow, old white guys really do think that stuff, huh? Amazing."
In another chapter he talks about seeing black guys with afros and thinking what typical black guys they are and how cool that is. How cool it was the time a black guy shined his shoes. How cool it was the time he was indignant on behalf of a black guy. How he thought black people were "real" when he was growing up, though he was afraid of them. But hey, he's not racist, he says, he likes Richard Pryor after all!
It doesn't feel like "being honest in the name of art" or whatever, or like he's expressing the racism that exists in the U.S. It just sounds like he's racist.
Other than that, I really did like the book.
I do not know.
Howard Stern's Private Parts.
Not one in particular. The narrative is great from start to stop. If you like WTF, then you know Marc is not afraid to bare his soul...and the demons which plague him.
Yes. I was compelled to keep going, although I could not due to real life time constraints.
Totally worth a glimpse into Marc's past, present and what we hope for his future. Plus...nobody tells a story about a person better than the subject!
I love his story telling ability, and his views on this crazy world! The book is great, I have recommended it along with this podcast to many! He's incredibly talented, and has a refreshing yet honest view of the world. I'm happy for all of his success, and wish his the best! Get this book!!!
Yes. I would recommend this audiobook to my brother because he's a big fan of Marc Maron's podcast and would like it a lot. I might recommend it to one of my other friend's but they rarely read the books I let them borrow so probably not.
I haven't read the book to compare to the audiobook but I think Marc Maron breaks through the forth wall and makes small comments on his own reading of the story as he works through it. It's a very interesting approach and I wish more authors would do this when reading their own works. It humanizes the process rather than leaving the author or reader nothing more than an impersonal who serves no other purpose but to deliver the words on the page.
Ten years ago the machines who rule the future sent an unstoppable Terminator to assassinate the yet unborn Marc Maron. They failed. In 2013, the machines will try again.
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