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I Drink for a Reason

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  5,082 ratings  ·  489 reviews
After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show With Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved ou...more
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Published September 8th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published August 31st 2009)
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Let him get out of his analrapist pants and into his acting skirt.



This was great. Just like Stephen Colbert's book (I Am America And So Can You) this was perfect for listening to the audio book version. I'd read through bits and pieces of the analogue version with the pages and the ink and the words and whatnot, while at a friend's house and enjoyed it, but hearing Cross's voice and delivery just made it even better.

It begins with another great comedian, Jon Benjamin, reading the intro for a fe...more
RandomAnthony
I laughed to the point of physical pain at least nine times while reading David Cross’s I Drink For a Reason. Allow me to go all bullet-pointy with my review, please:

• I have never seen Mr. Show or Wonder Showzen (he was on that one, too, right?) despite some of you telling me about 4,000 times that I should. I feel guilty buying more DVD sets when I’m still on season 2 of Weeds and never finished True Blood. I have, however, seen every Arrested Development episode so I at least knew the author...more
Mac
A book that exemplifies the reason that most, if not all, stand-up comedians should not be offered book deals. They just shouldn’t.

I didn’t like this book, not even a little, but I should begin that with the caveat that I am, actually, a David Cross fan. Mr. Show is undeniably great, his 2002 album “Shut Up You Fucking Baby” remains one of my favorite stand-up albums, and though I liked them plenty less, I purchased the subsequent two and listened to them more than once on long car trips, usual...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Ostensibly, this a book of "American wit and humor" according to the Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data (hey, I'm a librarian, I look at that stuff), and it is. But, it's humor colored by one man's edgy, even controverisal opinions about atheism, gay rights, and American politics. He is NOT a Bill O'Reilly fan. If you are, you will not like this book.

I'll give David Crosby this, he has a definite opinion about religion and gay rights, and he's not afraid to talk about it. While I...more
Joseph
I Drink for a Reason is a poorly edited collection of unfocused ramblings and unfunny rants that serves mainly to highlight just how far the once brilliant David Cross has fallen lately. The comedian has always rode a fine line between righteous indignation and off-putting anger, but even for Cross this is a new low of smug superiority and condescension. But the book is not only unflatteringly nasty, it's also unforgivably lazy. The whole thing feels phoned-in, from the redundant rants against J...more
Patrick Gibson

I just read through some of the Goodreads member comments on this book. Geesh guys, lighten up. I will grant you David Cross(es) the line between angry and sarcastic a few times but over all there is some very funny stuff here.

Cross opens with some thoughts on a "Don't Abandon Your Baby" sticker on the back of an LAPD car, like "What kind of person needs to be told or reminding that they shouldn't abandon their child? After mulling the topic over, he comes up with a suggested longer and presumab...more
Dan
Another light listen for a long car ride. This book was like listening to a very long set of standup by David Cross and as you would imagine any 6 hour standup set it would have its hits and misses. It did have just enough hits to keep me entertained and engaged during the journey.

Throughout the audiobook Cross repeats his disgust for people having bought the audiobook a number of times, which is ok. It's just that it stops being funny after the first or second time and it isn't until about 5 h...more
Kerrie
From one misanthrope to another, well done, David Cross, well done.

After reading these reviews, I'm really happy that the backlash he predicted has started. Now that he has "sold out", he is too mainstream for hipsters to enjoy, thus allowing me to enjoy him that much more. If I am ever fortunate enough to see him live again, I can do so freely and without sitting next to the trust fund babies who live with their 6 roommates in a box in Allston so that they can have "street cred". Who knows? May...more
eb
Who copyedited this thing? And who hired the copyeditor? How is it that these people have jobs? This book contains so many squinting modifiers, misplaced commas, and "it's" that should be "its," you feel like you're reading the work of a YouTube commenter.

Absolutely no developmental editorial work has been done; this is a disjointed, slapped-together collection of bits and bobs. I wish someone had asked, "Wait, is this actually a book? Does it hold together? Is it cohesive? Does each sentence m...more
Rachel
David Cross seems to hate everything. And he's angry. He's angry at me for not hating the same things he does. The only thing he seems to like is, of all things, a weird hipster band-thing called "The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players." I've also seen this band, and I hated the experience. Strongly. A David Cross amount of hate. I'd like to argue with David Cross about this band, but I'm worried he'd then start hating me enough to misspell my name repeatedly, like "Whoopie" Goldberg, "Anne"...more
H.
Aug 24, 2010 H. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: dont-own
After reading through half of this, I put it down a couple days ago, having had a couple laughs but reaching my limit of Cross's abrasiveness and bitterness. I thought I'd come back to it but, as I've eyed the cover while walking by, my reluctance to return has increased.

I rarely do this, but I am thoroughly convinced that I Drink for a Reason isn't any more worth finishing for the reader than it seems to have been for the writer. It's a slap-dash collection of random rants and really pointless...more
Rachel
Have you ever been to a party where everyone crowds around one douchey guy because he's (a)a minor celebrity, (b) super hot, or (c) is sharing good drugs? When reading this book, I felt like I was at that party. I'm not a celeb whore, I'm married, and I don't do drugs, so I just didn't get the attraction. I wanted to (metaphorically) go hang out in the kitchen with the caterers and munch on some snacks. The guy just isn't funny. This whole book is him telling lame, often offensive stories in ord...more
Kyle
David Cross is a brilliant comedian, in that there is no doubt. Mr. Show and David Cross's earlier stand-up is some of the most subversive and modern stuff ever put on TV. Lately though, I feel that he's gone past the edge of "angry but still sharing the joke with humanity" to "extremely bitter with a fuck-everyone-especially-YOU" attitude, and it's not as fun, or as funny. To a degree I can understand how you could get like this, as I myself am a fairly cynical (trying to be skeptical-realist,...more
Jill
First of all, I must apologize to all the reviewers who gave this book a mediocre (or worse) review. "They don't love David Cross like *I* love David Cross" I thought, disregarding everyone who claimed to be a fan who just didn't respond to this particular effort. Now, sadly, I must join their ranks.

Referring to the audiobook: Cross continually goes off-script to berate me for being lazy, rude, insulting to him, and part of the downfall of society because I am listening to the audiobook instead...more
Lester
A bunch of bullet points that will hopefully end up being a coherent review of this book:

--I usually don't check out stuff like this, but it's one of the most poorly edited books I've ever read. This feels so hastily hacked-up together in terms of context and format, it ends up looking AND reading like a shameless cash-in. Dudebro should have hired me as a copy editor at least.

--If you thought David Cross was patronizing in his stand-up, wait until you read this. Condescension served in heaping...more
Krysten
Not worth finishing. Not even worth getting halfway through.

Comedians seem to have a stupidly hard time writing books. It's a little sad. There are some semi-funny things, there are some things that they should probably keep to themselves, there's some reference or another to internet drama that doesn't need to exist in print form, and the rest is filler.

I Drink for a Reason was no exception. It's just a strung-together bunch of very short essays about minor things. They mostly come off as mat...more
Eric Piotrowski
WOW, what a disappointment! I've been a fan of David Cross for many years: Standup, Mr. Show, Tobias Fünke, all of it. So when I found his book I was very happy. Sure, he can tread into the mediocre lair of "humor through discomfort" sometimes, and his rants occasionally become more tedious than insightful, but surely he wouldn't release an unfunny book.

Oh yes he would. One of the first sections is just pages and pages of how bad he felt after a breakup. I don't want to condemn a writer for expl...more
Alex
Either he honestly did not give a shit about writing this book and went about meeting his required page count in the laziest possible fashion or Cross is simply a crap writer who should never attempt a collection of comedic essays again. Each individual piece is just so messy and disorganized and he keeps hitting the same targets over and over (Whoopi Goldberg? Seriously? THAT'S who you're going to call out repeatedly? I mean, throwing in anti-Whoopi asides in multiple pieces to give the impress...more
Josie
I feel as if with many books like this, it's not as funny when you don't actually hear the voice of the writer. (David Sedaris' stories are much funnier when read in his dry tone with all the right pauses.) I saw David Cross read a few of these stories at a bookreading, so that really helped. I think if David Cross personally read all these to me, they would be a little bit funnier, but I think he's probably too busy to do so. That said, this collection was still pretty funny. One of my favorite...more
Lauren
I *really* wanted to like this book. I've been a big fan of David Cross since Arrested Development, so I even paid full price at an airport bookstore so could jump right in to reading during my next flight. What a disappointment. My biggest problem was not that Cross is angry and condescending (which he is), but that he's not funny. I realized that I hadn't laughed at a single thing until I reached a section about half-way through that detailed a star receiving a four hour massage (and his indig...more
Darth
I always thought David Cross was kinda funny, so I gave this one a shot...

Well, I guess it was "well-balanced"
By my reckoning it was:

20% Actually funny material
20% Interesting religious / philosophical viewpoint
20% Out loud daydreaming how great it will be when he is done writing this book
20% Not funny attempts to be funny / ironic / edgy
20% Whining that I was listening to the audio book instead of reading a hard copy - Sorry man, I didnt mean to offend you, but I like an audio book for the gym...more
eq
Funny in the beginning, boring in the middle, and then ended strong. I agree with some of the other reviewers that he belabored some topics, but I find him more entertaining when he rants than when he comes up with strange fictionalized humor pieces. But then again I almost felt like his ranting and raving was too much. Perhaps 100 pages too much.

He repeatedly said through the book that he was too young to write an autobiography, but I would disagree. I think if Cross gave more insight into how...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show With Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy. Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures, calling out the pathetic symbi...more
Hannah
I don't generally enjoy books written by comedians that are largely about themselves, or without a general subject. So often they just come across as arrogant douche bags, for want of a more sophisticated word. There are very few exceptions to this rule, and I often feel they can 'get away' with writing what they want simply because they're otherwise funny.

David Cross definitely toed the line of arrogance, to the point where the book was almost unenjoyable for me. For the most part I found him...more
Bob Fingerman
Oct 01, 2009 Bob Fingerman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of David Cross, duh.
Recommended to Bob by: My brain.
An olio (crossword puzzle word!) of snark and observational essays from David Cross brings laughs and the occasional furrowed brow of dark recognition. Some stuff is throwaway, but nonetheless funny (list humor, à la Carlin). Though most of the material is all-new, the collection contains Cross's classic open letter to Larry the Cable Guy, which is always a joy to read. To people who've said Cross's material doesn't work on the page (I don't agree), I'd recommend the audiobook.
Ian
I assume this book was rated low due to it's controversial pieces, or because people didn't do the smart thing and listen to David Cross rant via audiobook. This book was the most hilarious book I've come across thus far. There was rarely a time when my stomach didn't hurt from laughing out loud. However, if you're easily offended or religious (One in the same am I right?), you'll probably hate it. Nothing more to say really other than it was pure gold.
antonia vitale
oh david cross. i love you, i do. but your humour just doesnt translate well onto the page. and dedicating an entire chapter to “A Free List Of Quirks For Aspiring Independent Filmmakers,” well, it just wasnt funny. in fact, i skipped it. i skipped entire chapters of this book before i finally felt stupid for reading it and put it down for good. i think i'll watch Arrested Development instead.
Mike Pacheco
I really wanted to give this book a higher score, but it was just too inconsistent. The more personal stuff was definitely the high point of the collection, especially the breakup essay. Also, even though it was available before, the open letter to Larry the Cable Guy is a great read. It's too bad there were so many random lists with really no reason for them.
Doug
This is a great book if you don't like funny books. If you're looking for a funny book, though, this one is fair to middling. I give it one star because it has David Cross's name on the cover, making you think you're going to be reading a funny book instead of a fair to middling book.
Frank Rich
Couldn't even finish it which was very disappointing because I love his stand-up
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David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, stand-up and actor.

Early Life

David Cross was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Susi, a computer retailer. Six months later, Cross' family moved to Florida. After additional moves to New York and Connecticu...more
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