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Lads: A Memoir of Manhood

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"What I wanted after college was a job and my own apartment, but what I needed was a good comeuppance, and that’s what I got."

When Dave Itzkoff graduated from Princeton in 1998–the first member of his family to earn a college degree–he expected to be rewarded with a career, and a life, that mattered. Instead, he ended up convinced that he was selling the entire instituti
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Villard Books (first published 2004)
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Tiresome memoir of not particularly much that makes stabs at recognizing the author's own repulsiveness as a human being, but cannot escape the limits of his own behavior. Grasping, judgmental misogynist who seems to have no interest in interacting with women other than as quasi-loathed masturbatory objects. *Every single female character* with the exception of the author's mother and sister and one advertising professional he addresses as a "stupid cunt" is introduced with a description of her ...more
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Dave Itzkoff is a short effeminate looking man with a high voice who wonders why no one likes him. He thinks it is because he is short and has a high squeaky voice but it's actually because he's a whiny little rodent with no redeeming features. Here he chronicles his experiences at a series of lads magazines. You should feel sorry for the guy because no woman wants to sleep with him. He gets one girl into bed and she tells him to stop in mid-thrust. He also can't even get a girl to make out with ...more
I liked it though neither he nor the milieu were very likable. Some laugh out loud funny moments, lots of cringe-worthy toadying type of behaviour too. Written well enough to make for easy reading, even to garner some insight into that particular sort of man's world.
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