I don't know what I expected from this book, but I couldn't even finish it. It's a bunch of every-day bullshit that the author tries desperately to drI don't know what I expected from this book, but I couldn't even finish it. It's a bunch of every-day bullshit that the author tries desperately to dress up as quirky and interesting. Forced humor. Incoherent. Worse than a really bad ADHD day. I am so sorry I dropped almost thirty bucks on this. Oh, and, author, you are not a special snowflake. (I wonder if my agent would let me do this - apparently, this is how you make the bestseller list?)...more
A lot of ATTEMPTING NORMAL addresses my questions for comedians: “Why are you like this?” and “What happened to you?” The answers I find are doozies. A lot of ATTEMPTING NORMAL addresses my questions for comedians: “Why are you like this?” and “What happened to you?” The answers I find are doozies. Surprise, he’s got crazy parents. Isn’t that always part of the reason? He’s a former addict, a recovering rageaholic, and, twice divorced. The stories he tells in this book are real and compelling and some of them cut to the very core of the human condition. Like all good comedians, he’s a great storyteller. His writing is intelligent and insightful and I’m glad to have found it. I think this guy’s got a good heart, too. Through all his musings and misadventures, he proves himself to be very self-aware and accepting, owning all the shitty things he’s done, but still in the fight, trying to be a better person, to make some bigger contribution. The big takeaway from this book, kind of the catch-phrase, if you will, is, “people make a mess.” And then they go on.
“I look at every book as a self-help book,” Maron says. Yeah, I get that. I read this book looking for what I’m supposed to do next. (Kidding. Kind of.)
It’s not all doom and gloom, this book.
Well, it kind of is. But it’s funny and it’s smart and it puts into words a lot of the things I wish I could talk about in my own writing.
“We’re all carrying around some shit. When you hear the things people have gone through and realize you’ve gone through the same, it provides an amazing amount of relief. It give us hope. And I think that’s what we’re supposed to get from each other. The hope that, maybe, just maybe, we’re going to be okay. Maybe.” ― Marc Maron, Attempting Normal
Not a single likable character, I'm not into the whole "men are bad" thing, multiple first person POVs worked, but converging timelines took me out ofNot a single likable character, I'm not into the whole "men are bad" thing, multiple first person POVs worked, but converging timelines took me out of the story. Regurgitated "Gone Girl." Terrific pacing, though....more
Loveable loser Lloyd, a college graduate with a marketing degree, unable to find a job in his chosen field, cobbles together a livelihood from particiLoveable loser Lloyd, a college graduate with a marketing degree, unable to find a job in his chosen field, cobbles together a livelihood from participating in drug trials and panhandling in Manhattan after being rescued from the clutches of abject poverty by a living pixie statue who hurts everything and everyone she loves by blowing glitter all over the place. Lloyd adores Sophie, but he’s not really sure what to do with her—he doesn’t feel successful or grown-up enough to make a long-term commitment and wonders whether she might be better off without him. A handful of Lloyd’s like-minded colleagues gathers regularly to play poker and compare notes on various drug studies, and after five years of being pumped full of chemicals, they all begin to experience something odd: each one has the ability to project one of their side effects onto others. The group of guys—all in their late-twenties to –thirties—seem to have something else in common: they are all searching for some kind of meaning in their lives, some higher purpose. They share a desire to live up to someone’s expectations (even if just their own); they want to do good. Thus, an unlikely band of superheroes—one for a new, less ambitious, chemical age—is born.
While the guys roam the streets of New York, controlling petty crime through making bullying punks vomit, fall asleep, suffer seizures, and other such contrivances, something is rotten in Denmark. Real criminals are somehow robbing citizens and tourists of their valuables and then erasing their memories. Lloyd, aka Dr. Lullaby, and his gang are on the case. Can they bust the bad guys, find their true destinies, and pick the right colored capes? Tune into Less Than Hero and find out.
S.G. Browne is the only writer I know who would dream of combining human guinea pigs, panhandling, and superheroes, and then somehow make it all work. His conversational tone, wit, and satire are a rare find on today’s literary landscape. Fans will enjoy the nods to Browne’s earlier work, while new readers won’t feel like they’re missing any inside jokes (but, they might be encouraged to seek out the author’s novel, Fated). While the writing is good, and the story is fully developed and told with style, I wanted to know more about Lloyd’s feelings of depression and inadequacy—call it schadenfreude, but I wanted to know more about why the guy had so decisively given up on life and couldn’t believe in himself. In any case, Less Than Hero is a fun satire worthy of wide attention....more
Where I am is at my desk, just after reading the last page of BIG EGOS.
Corporate America is full of no good phonies, all making us all feel like we shWhere I am is at my desk, just after reading the last page of BIG EGOS.
Corporate America is full of no good phonies, all making us all feel like we should want to be someone else - Indiana Jones, James Bond, or even that bastard Holden Caulfield.
Truth is, I'm happy to be myself. Especially after finding out what can happen if you inject too many egos into your brainstem. If you're on the fence about this book, don't be - take the ride. It's a lot of fun. Fast, smart, and inventive. Five stars, all the way....more