This was actually the second kindle single I read from self-styled punk rock bad boy, Mishka Shubaly. After a pretty bad break-up, complete with one oThis was actually the second kindle single I read from self-styled punk rock bad boy, Mishka Shubaly. After a pretty bad break-up, complete with one of those emails where the break-upper chronicles exactly the reasons why you will always be alone in life, Mishka contemplates joining the CBS network reality dating show called "3."
This is really surprising cause of course Mishka is that whole bad boy, styled rocker, recovering alcoholic guy. Yet they seem to really want him to be on the show anyway. He sabotages the whole thing and begins a lengthy review of the exploitative nature of reality TV. Not bad at all little bookette, sort of made for "The Moth" HBO "Girls" set, but pretty good (yet incomplete) insight into life and relationships no matter your background.
A quote or two I liked:
“Love ain’t boxing. At least it shouldn’t be. To love, you both need to lower your hands and stand there, completely vulnerable, easily damaged, both believing with all your hearts that the other person could never, would never, hurt you. And then they hurt you. And you hurt them.”
Later on when the diatribe about reality tv begins he references this:
“Sinisa Savija was the first person voted off of the first reality show, Expedition Robinson. It was so successful that it was exported to America where it was transformed into the smash hit Americans know as Survivor, a word which takes on sinister meaning in light of Sinisa’s tragic death. The first person voted off the first reality show committed suicide. I can think of no greater indictment against reality TV.” ...more
Ever tried, ever failed, no matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett. This quote is so emblematic of this memoir from recovering aEver tried, ever failed, no matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett. This quote is so emblematic of this memoir from recovering alcoholic Mary Karr.
I have never read any of her previous work, which was apparently quite acclaimed. From college to marriage (and divorce) to being a mother and finding religion, this book is about recovery and the path one goes to get there.
Quote at the end of the book - Good days I see myself in others, and I know - in my bone marrow - nothing we truly love is ever lost, no matter what form it assumes. (I love this quote.)...more
Full disclosure, I am a huge fan of “The Colbert Report.” If I am awake at 11:30 p.m., I have to watch the show. Upon its first few viewings I thoughtFull disclosure, I am a huge fan of “The Colbert Report.” If I am awake at 11:30 p.m., I have to watch the show. Upon its first few viewings I thought that I might not like it as much as “The Daily Show,” but after a little bit of time in warming up to the character of Stephen Colbert, I quite frankly think that “Colbert Report” is in many ways the much funnier show.
Much to Mr. Colbert’s dismay, I checked this book out from the library and was unable to avail myself to the full extent of its features, such as the various stickers which allow the reader to indicate when they agree with Colbert the most. As one might rightly assume, if you are a big fan of the show, you are likely a big fan of the book. I thought the book was spectacular and the only element missing from the show/character of Stephen Colbert was his incredible interviewing talent, best evidenced on the show in segments like “better know a district.”
No real surprise that the various quips that Mr. Colbert uses so well on his show are also used to great effect in the book. A few that especially stood out were his belief that baby carrots are trying to make him gay, that the Hundred Years War was a terrible name for a war because you should never set a date for withdrawal, and the idea that sex is like the death penalty with one outcome and so many different ways of carrying it out. I also really loved some of the “Stephen Speaks for Me” sections, including those of “your soulmate” and “Thomas Bindlestaff, Executive Assistant to Stephen Colbert.”
I loved this book so much, I really have no idea what to write about it, so I have settled on simply included the wikipedia plot description and an exI loved this book so much, I really have no idea what to write about it, so I have settled on simply included the wikipedia plot description and an excerpt of the wave speech.
Plot - Journalist Raoul Duke and attorney Dr. Gonzo travel to Las Vegas in 1971 to cover a motorcycle race for Sports Illustrated and enjoy a haphazardly planned vacation. As Duke and Gonzo live out the final days of the counter-culture through the use of drugs like LSD, cocaine, mescaline, and cannabis (among others), they wreck cars, hallucinate with visions of desert animals and, eventually, begin to mistrust each other. The two eventually leave Las Vegas, both on separate trips. The book ends with Raoul in a pharmacy in Denver, imagining himself "just sick enough to be totally confident".
Wave speech (has there ever been a better description of the 60s than this passage?) - “Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . .
History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened. My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . .
There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . .
And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .”
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.” ...more
While there are many flaws in this book including the relative literary inexperience of the author, its essential message regarding the abuse of alcohWhile there are many flaws in this book including the relative literary inexperience of the author, its essential message regarding the abuse of alcohol by young people rings very true. Starting in high school, escalating in college, and during the early work years, alcohol is everywhere....more
Quick little witty poetry and thoughts about how to get over a break-up. Sort of embarassing to remmeber that I read it, but after being dumped for thQuick little witty poetry and thoughts about how to get over a break-up. Sort of embarassing to remmeber that I read it, but after being dumped for the first time, I dealt with it the best way I knew how and decided to read a book about it, for whatever reason I think it helped....more
Elizabeth Wurtzel struggles with depression and prozac. First time we were exposed to the unique talent that is Elizabeth Wurtzel and the demons thatElizabeth Wurtzel struggles with depression and prozac. First time we were exposed to the unique talent that is Elizabeth Wurtzel and the demons that haunt her....more
Poor Liz Wurtzel is addicted to Ritalin. I thought this book was very honest and very scary - it should have gotten the praise that "A Million LittlePoor Liz Wurtzel is addicted to Ritalin. I thought this book was very honest and very scary - it should have gotten the praise that "A Million Little Pieces" did before we found out it was all a big lie. I hope Liz is being better, I think she can write the hair off a horse....more