Hands down, this was the best $6.95 I've ever spent. My only regret is not reading it five years ago when the advice in the book could have helped outHands down, this was the best $6.95 I've ever spent. My only regret is not reading it five years ago when the advice in the book could have helped out a lot more.
Now that I think about it, I probably wasn't ready and in the right state of mind back then to have put this book to good use which brings me to my review's main point; as long as you keep an open and humble mind while reading this, it will help change your life for the better. How much for the better? That is up to you. But if you read it wanting to learn and improve, then you will, at the very least, find one thing in it that will help you in your way to become a better person.
If you're one of the people lucky who have everything figured out, then you will probably won't enjoy it as much or even read it in the first place. Just know (Semi-spoiler coming up!) that you'll miss out (among many other helpful hints) on instructions on how to have your very own advisory council with some of the greatest men that have ever lived!
Bill Simmons, aka "The Sportsguy" (I hope he didn't give himself that nickname), really loves the Celtics. I mean, I always knew from reading his artiBill Simmons, aka "The Sportsguy" (I hope he didn't give himself that nickname), really loves the Celtics. I mean, I always knew from reading his articles on ESPN.com that he was a Boston homer, but I didn't know that he loved the Celtics so much that he would dedicate three years of his life to write a book that should have been titled "The Bible of Beantown Basketball (With the Occasional Talk of Non-Boston Related Items to Spice Things Up)".
But once you get past the Russell and Auerbach and Bird and McHale and Walton and the rest of the '86 Celtics love fest--which is pretty much 80% of the book--you're left with the sometimes coherent, and most of the time entertaining, ramblings of a self-professed basketball junkie.
Now I know some people will be turned off by Simmons' writing style, which consists of a healthy amount of pop-culture references in addition to the many stories of the debauchery that he and his merry band of buddies took part of in their good old days. But I'm ok with it. He doesn't try to be and write like an accomplished journalist or author which is something that he's clearly not. It seems to me that his purpose behind writing this book was to write to write a book about basketball that not only educated the reader but also entertained. And for the most part it did.
So to wrap things up, if you're a fan of the sport, and you've read a couple of Simmons' ESPN articles without having the urge to strangle him afterwards, than more than likely you'll enjoy this book. ...more
I kinda got a more epic and slightly more serious version of a Latin-tinged "Catch-22" vibe while reading this, hence the five stars. This book also hI kinda got a more epic and slightly more serious version of a Latin-tinged "Catch-22" vibe while reading this, hence the five stars. This book also holds the distinction of being the first library book that I've ever had to pay late fee for. It's not that I speed read--I do read pretty fast but I only read when... you know--or am OCD about returning them on time. I just used to never go to the library. Ever. But that was then. Now I go so often that the crazy homeless guy who bathes him self in the restroom recognizes me. And I know what you're thinking. No, I don't know if he reads when he's on the can. ...more
At times, it was weird, sad, and kinda depressing book to read. I liked it. If I read it back in high school (like everyone else seems to have), I proAt times, it was weird, sad, and kinda depressing book to read. I liked it. If I read it back in high school (like everyone else seems to have), I probably would have given it six stars. ...more
Things that I learned from reading "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs":
- That Chuck Klosterman is not a morning person which reassured me that being one isThings that I learned from reading "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs":
- That Chuck Klosterman is not a morning person which reassured me that being one is not a necessity in becoming a successful person.
- That I didn't miss out on much after I stopped watching "The Real World" after the "The Real World: Sand Diego" season.
- That Billy Joel made other songs than "Piano Man".
- That Tommy Lee is the mfn man. (I already knew that but the book reminded me of his awesomeness.)
- That Chuck Klosterman "supposedly" hates soccer. I find that weird since he looks like the kind of guy enrolls his son in youth soccer leagues. Guess we'll just have to wait a couple of more years (and hopefully, a couple of more books) to see if my hunch is right.
- That I need to come up with 23 absurd yet hilarious questions to everybody that I meet in order to find out if I can really love them.
- That Lisa Turtle from "Saved By the Bell" was "wildly unlikable". (I thought she was ok.)
- That Luke Skywalker was the original Gen Xer.
- That the people who say they listen to everything except country are "boorish and pretentious." (Well, I'd rather be called that then be forced to listen to country music.)
So basically, I learned a whole bunch of stuff about pop-culture and what it says about us as a society. I guess you could say, and I think Chuck might agree with me (if he had a couple of drinks and blunts), that I didn't really learn anything at all from reading it.
But I did laugh (a lot) while reading it, which is all it took for me to like* this book. What can I say? I'm a simple guy.
*It's actually a 3.5 out of 5. I just decided to round down because I wanted my rating average to go down. And I flipped a coin. ...more
I liked it. (But not enough to give it a 4) 3.5 out of 5.
LaValle's characters were about as real as fictional characters can possibly be. If they werI liked it. (But not enough to give it a 4) 3.5 out of 5.
LaValle's characters were about as real as fictional characters can possibly be. If they were any realer they would be walking around NYC wearing gaudy jewelry and dropping the "Killah" from their MC title.
This might just be me being naive but it seemed to me that LaValle went way out of his way to show the dark and ugly side of project living. I mean, WTF? Are you telling me that not all New Yorkers are as nice as Puffy and Rudy Giuliani seem to be on tv?
It was educational though. I now know, thanks to LaValle, that if I ever decide to approach a lady of the night in a dark alleyway, that I better have some protection on me. Sometimes, the best way to avoid these sort of things is to learn from a fictional character's mistake. Hey, better him than me, right?
(It's really somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4. I'm not a math person but I think that makes it a 3.75, which rounded up, comes out to 4 stars.)
What I l(It's really somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4. I'm not a math person but I think that makes it a 3.75, which rounded up, comes out to 4 stars.)
What I learned from this book:
Chuck Klosterman is the man. F the haters.
I was born in (the suburbs of) a big city and I will probably die in (the suburbs of) a big city. I am not cut out for small town living. This book reinforced that for me.
To always make sure that my car's exhaust pipe isn't blocked up if I'm ever stranded in a snowstorm.
That's about it. Obviously, I'm a fan, so Klosterman's most-of-the-time clever writing made it a worthwhile read for me. If another author had written it using the same plot and characters, I probably wouldn't have read it. I mean, who wants to read a book about the lives of three strangers who reside in a small town in North Dakota, am I right?
I would say that the best thing that I learned from this book is the "inhale down the front, exhale up the back" breathing technique. It's very relaxiI would say that the best thing that I learned from this book is the "inhale down the front, exhale up the back" breathing technique. It's very relaxing and I especially like doing it while I'm at the gym; I think it makes my abs firmer which make me look fitter.
I thought it was funny how the author basically makes it seem like most women are crazy and emotionally unstable. According to him, that's what makes them beautiful. Made me wonder if he knew some of the same girls that I've met.
Like most self-help books, it was mostly common sense except this one had some new-age craziness mixed with it. There was some good advice and then there were times when I had no idea what he was talking about. And this is from someone who actually meditates (whenever I have time to which is almost never) so it's not like I have something against this sort of spiritual growth.
All in all, I liked it and recommend it. Do I feel like a more "superior man" after reading it? Well, I did just kill a roach without using Raid so, yeah, I would have to say so. You don't really get any more "superior manly" than that, I don't think....more
I had heard about David Sedaris for a while but I had never read any of his books before. This was the first book of his that I've read and I enjoyedI had heard about David Sedaris for a while but I had never read any of his books before. This was the first book of his that I've read and I enjoyed it for the most part. The book is split up into two parts: the first part is fictional short-stories and the second is non-fiction stories/essays.
Between the two, I liked the non-fiction stories/essays in the back part of the book more. I found those to be more funny. "Santaland Diaries" was awesome. (That by itself is five-stars.) The fictional short-stories in the beginning weren't bad; it just seemed to me that Sedaris was writing them with the intention of shocking the reader, and at times, he succeeded. I hadn't cringed that much while reading a book since freshman Bio. (I have a weak stomach.)
Although there were parts of the book that I enjoyed more than others, I finished the book a fan of his. His observations on society and American culture were spot on and I laughed at most of his jokes. Which is cool with me; rare is the humorist or comedian who never strikes out.
I went ahead and added the rest of his books to my "books to read" list on my phone and I'm looking forward to reading them. ...more