I read three of the stories in this collection—and that’s a lot more than I wanted to have read. I wasn't assigned this book or this author, this is aI read three of the stories in this collection—and that’s a lot more than I wanted to have read. I wasn't assigned this book or this author, this is a book I chose; so now I chose to not keep reading. I found the characters and situations racist, cringe worthy, horrible.
In the title story, a murderer and his buddies encounter a family whose car has broken down. “The Artificial Ni**er” is about a grandfather and grandson who take a train from rural Georgia to Atlanta, get lost, a discover a lawn jockey there and racism. “The Displaced Person” is about Mrs. MacIntyre who takes a displaced family from Poland as farmworkers, but the other farmworkers see how industrious and efficient the Gooblehooks/ Guizacs are and get rid of them. Yuck!
I borrowed this from interlibrary loan, I read it for Read Harder challenge; #8 read a book published in the decade you were born. ...more
So this is Short’s autobiography; one of the primary things he learned from his career in Hollywood, on Toronto’s improv stages, on Broadway, on tourSo this is Short’s autobiography; one of the primary things he learned from his career in Hollywood, on Toronto’s improv stages, on Broadway, on tour is that Short developed 35+ years ago, a nine category plan to evaluate his own success. First, is self about health, then immediate family and original family, followed by friends, fifth is money. Next comes career, then creativity, discipline— if he’s not working, is he exercising, or reading and writing and finally is lifestyle—is he having and making the world a better place? He grades himself on each category every week. It makes a lot of sense, and maybe it’s why Short seems so happy. He mostly is. Also, he's a very funny man.
I bought this from B & N $14.39 on 10.4.15. ...more
Usually, as I read I write down the title of the book I’m reading and the pages that I want to quote. This book is so packed full of wonderfulness, thUsually, as I read I write down the title of the book I’m reading and the pages that I want to quote. This book is so packed full of wonderfulness, that I didn’t do that. This quote I found randomly opening the book.
On most of the page Ellen and her psychiatrist are talking with deep dark lines around them, picturing her depression and isolation. Then she writes: “I saw Karen once or twice a week, and her office was the only place I could really relax. Lonely, nearly unable to socialize, scared, confused & adrift I turned to books for solace. . . I didn’t notice the [book store] cashier was someone I knew. He says “'Hi Ellen! Long time! How are you?’ Her thought and speech balloons are blank, as she clutches her books about depression. Then he says, 'You look tired!’ She writes, I couldn’t think of any euphemisms or avoidance tactics. ‘Depressed!’ she tells him (too loud) (too blunt), she writes around it. Gesturing to her books, she thinks, ‘I feel overexposed! I am broadcasting my ugliness!’ In tiny letters, she writes/ thinks ‘Run away.’ He responds, ‘We’ve all been there.’” (84- 85)
This is a beautiful, wondrous book, that if you’ve been there, or know someone who has—and doesn’t everyone? Please, please read this. I borrowed this from my public library, read for Read Harder challenge #24 Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness....more