He survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), was a 60's college student who saw the parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did), explored the self-actualization movement of the 70's (and the self-indulgence it engendered), and turned a cynical eye toward politicians who don the cloak of religious rectitude to cover up their own hypocrisy.
What he learned about the inconsistencies and peculiarities of religion infuriated Black, and in Me of Little Faith they get his full comic attention. In a series of comedic inquiries, Black explores how the rules and constraints of religion have affected his life and the lives of us all.
Hilarious experiences with rabbis, Mormons, gurus, psychics, and even the joy of a perfect round of golf give Black the chance to expound upon what we believe and why - in the language of a shock jock and with the heart of an iconoclast.
©2008 Lewis Black; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
I really like Lewis Black and his relentless energy.
NO! The screaming can be a little too intense. Small doses is OK, but listening for too long can be exhausting.
His unique no-nonsense attitude is enjoyable and hilarious. Not only I laughed, I also learned about the irony of humans on this earth.
I'm a fan of Lewis Black, and several parts of this audiobook/presentation are kind of funny, talking about Jerry Falwell, etc.... The vast majority is extremely dull and boring--the jokes fall flat. Lewis Black is hilarious--I love anything I've heard from him released from stand-up sessions, politics, and "Moo-cow f--- milk" but was very disappointed with this audiobook.
Having watched Mr. Black on television and in-person, I was aware of his biting intelligence and wit. More subtle is his sensitivity about our bizarre and sometimes upside-down world. After hearing this book I decided I appreciated another side to Mr. Black, his courage. It takes courage to write a book like this as a public figure and as a comedian. The stories in this book are thoughtful and thought provoking, allowing the reader a glimpse of a spiritual life rich with revelation and consternation.
Can the stories be believed? Mr. Black's search and acknowledgement lead him though experiences that I can validate in my own searches as a Jew who doesn't believe in traditional religions for reasons too plentiful to elucidate here. I do know that there are many things in our world that science has yet to discover the how's and why's of, and many things that don't kowtow to the 'New Age' philosophies either. So where does that leave us? Continuously curious about our lives and our world, so let's get on with it!
I dunno why but Lewis Black has to just go off the edge at the end of his books. Same as with the first one, this one was OK and funny with plenty of good social commentary. But then he seems to get his hands on some bad acid for the last five minutes. Sadly this leaves such a bad aftertaste the whole book is just soured.
Someone just needs to check Black at the exit before he wrecks the next audiobook.
Still I really recommend this one if you are a Lewis Black fan. It's a but more introspective and serious but there is plenty of what makes us all enjoy the man's musings.
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