This book is groundbreaking... if you read it 40 years ago. Now, it's just filled with obvious observations that any half-way paying attention person...moreThis book is groundbreaking... if you read it 40 years ago. Now, it's just filled with obvious observations that any half-way paying attention person can make like, "If a woman is frowning then she may--or may not--be upset." Ok, maybe the book isn't that obvious, but you don't really want me to spoil all of it for you, do you?
But I do want to thank Julius Fast for giving me the line, "Nah, baby, I wasn't staring. I was just admiring your particular mode of nonverbal communication. It's very inspiring." Good looking out Captain Obvious!(less)
Talk about a depressing read. Every single character in this book was dead. Every single one! After reading this, I would not be surprised at all if E...moreTalk about a depressing read. Every single character in this book was dead. Every single one! After reading this, I would not be surprised at all if Edgar Lee Masters lived next to (or grew up on) a cemetery as a kid.
Maybe I'm just not smart (or emo) enough to fully appreciate poetry like this, but there were definitely times when I caught myself mentally wandering off while reading this. (I blame the ADD.) Don't get me wrong, there were parts that I enjoyed, but as a whole, I didn't really find it that interesting. There was only so much poetry that I could read that centered around death, ya dig?
Anyway, I do recommend this to people who like poetry. (If they haven't already read it. According to my American Lit text, which is where I first heard about "Spoon River Anthology", it's a "classic".) If you're not a big fan of poetry, then you might still like it. Just try to not fall asleep on the toilet while reading this like I did. (less)
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 enjoyed...moreI 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. (less)
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 relaxi...moreI 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.(less)
(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...more(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?