I am disappoint. I found this in a box with a handful of other Simpsons comics, and having revisited what I remember liking a lot as a kid, I am disapI am disappoint. I found this in a box with a handful of other Simpsons comics, and having revisited what I remember liking a lot as a kid, I am disappoint. Lisa's Adventure in Wonderland is the best in the collection, and has a great crossword puzzle in the middle of it. Wall or Nothing is a riff on a theme repeated many times in Simpsons lore - a wall built to separate two sides of something. This is the... first... time it happened? But then it's happened twice on the show and once more in the comics, to my memory. This time it's about water, not area codes. Yawn.
Tons of typos, too. Sentences butchered to fit in bubbles, too.
Most of the filler material is just filler material. Boring drivel. Some of Groening's anecdotes made me chuckle. ...more
An uninteresting, poorly constructed glorifcation of a life that shouldn't be glorified at all. Nothing but blatant name-dropping, casual sex, and ramAn uninteresting, poorly constructed glorifcation of a life that shouldn't be glorified at all. Nothing but blatant name-dropping, casual sex, and rampant drug consumption without any self, social or moral exploration. I don't decry the life of a porn star, of a sexual deviant, of a drug addict - I love porn, sex and drugs - but there's nothing here but a rambling timeline. The narrative was non-existant, the growth was minimal, and the overall impact was nil.
To take it a step further, Shaw takes no steps to point out how unsafe some of his activies are. I realize that no one is required to be a "representative" or "role model" for the youth of the world, but I also think Shaw comes across wildly irresponsible in many ways. The closest he comes to having any kind of mention of the risks he takes is one of his closest fuck buddies always wanting to get fucked without a condom, despite Shaw and him both being well aware of Shaw's HIV positive status.
On top of that, Shaw's relationships - the supposed core of the book - come across immature, both in presentation and his life. He goes through "boyfriends," as well as concepts of what "love" means to him, faster than he does drugs, but not once is there an adequate explanation of their worth to him, their relationship outside of sex, prostitution and porn, or really their relationships at all. The most believable and fully-formed relationships are with his female friends (who he still fucks around with) and his crazy stalker later in the novel.
Honestly, this entire "memoir" boils down to "we did some combination of ecstasy, crystal meth, GHB, cocaine, crack and alcohol, fucked two-to-five guys for two-to-five days, filmed a movie maybe, and then I pined for someone who may or may not have agreed to engage in a monogamous relationship with me."...more
This shit is Twilight for Japan, in manga format no less. I understand now why girls read this trash in my high school. May pick up the second book, pThis shit is Twilight for Japan, in manga format no less. I understand now why girls read this trash in my high school. May pick up the second book, probably won't. Decent character development, but essentially insipid, boring romance bullshit written for moronic girls who think hugging and "love" and G-rated penetration is what life is all about....more