Edit: Removed from "lulz" shelving, attempted lulz are not lulz-shelving actual-lulz-worthy. Sorry, I don't make the rules (Okay, yes I do).
I reallyEdit: Removed from "lulz" shelving, attempted lulz are not lulz-shelving actual-lulz-worthy. Sorry, I don't make the rules (Okay, yes I do).
I really wanted to review this to point out one morbidly amusing thing about this book: wow, Penn and Teller really didn't see 9/11 coming. I mean, no one did, buuut the last chapter in this book is about a prank to play in an airport (which they don't recommend you do and they admit they haven't done it either), involving having your laptop say it is going to detonate a bomb. The ironic part (keep in mind this book was published in 1997) is where they are like (and this is an exact quote):
"The United States of America does not have a problem with terrorism...we don't have a problem because, even with all those stupid checks, we still have a way lot of freedom. More than anyplace else. When you're in a country were you can say and do most anything you want, it's hard for a nut to rally other nuts to evil nuttiness...Add up all the terrorism that we've had in the United States over the past ten years. More people have been killed by family dogs...But in this country, we can stop terrorism with freedom. If you have enough freedom, you have very little terrorism..."
Um, nope. Sorry, Penn/Teller. You didn't call it. And, sorry to poop all over the lightheartedness of this book with talk of 9/11, I just thought it was interesting. And telling about how times have changed since 9/11. Do you think anyone (even Penn/Teller, in a comedic kinda book) would even tongue-in-cheek-ly suggest that laptop bomb prank? They admitted it was a great way to get yourself arrested, but I think these days they'd probably just take you out back and shoot you.
Anyway, regarding the entire rest of the book: I admit I skimmed parts of this rather than reading it word for word. That's only because the parts I did read were so irritatingly written, I couldn't stand it. I am a fan of Penn/Teller team, and I could tell this was old, based on the cover, so I was expecting some cheesyness. But damn. The writing is baaad. Like rambly, trying-too-hard-to-be-funny-and-therefore-failing-bad. I am a rambler, but this puts me to shame. This book is like a giant lead-in to a punchline that never happens. They disclaimer/ramble about everything, but at least they seem to kind of know it. Ie: (this isn't an exact quote, I can't find it) and one point they said something like "you can skip the bad writing and just read the confusing directions", in regards to an introduction in which they explained how to do a trick. That's the cool thing about this book, they explain a few tricks. They explain them in a very confusing manner, but it's learn-able. They are still tricks that are WAY too in depth for me to even want to contemplate doing, they require preparation which I am unwilling to do. But I am a girl and not a nerd, so I'm not exactly the stereotypical magician type.
This book reads like a transcript of a stand-up routine you might hear by Sykes, which is awesome if you think she's hilarious. Which I do. She comesThis book reads like a transcript of a stand-up routine you might hear by Sykes, which is awesome if you think she's hilarious. Which I do. She comes across as very feministy, but not wretchidly, lack-of-humorously-so (Sorry, I'm just saying..). Example:
One show, I did a benefit for a feminist organziation....So it's all feminsts. Gloria Steinem is sitting right up front. I walked out and said, "Look here, I can't stay around here too long with you broads because I gotta get home and cook my man a nice hot dinner. Plus, he likes his blow job by nine forty-five." I though it was funny. They didn't. They didn't find anything funny. I thought, Oh Lord, I made these women mad. I stepped over the line. I continued. "Ladies, calm down. I'm just joking. He likes a blow job anytime."
Oh, and this book was written before she "outed" herself. Which is obvious as she keeps referring to her marriage to a man/relationships with men, etc. Which is fine, it's not like I expected a bunch of hints about her at-the-time-secret-gayness. (Other than her chapter about gay marriage in which she expresses exactly my thoughts on the subject, basically: WHY DO YOU CARE if gay people get married, straight people? How does it affect you?). I was just like, okay, enough with the heterosexual nonsense. I'm just saying. She should write another book. A GAYER book. I'm reading a lot of gay books lately, hm. It's been pretty faaabulous. ...more
Man, I need to read me some Tom Robbins, I've read exactly none. But according to goodreads it's 832nd on my to-reads list. My list isn't in order, thMan, I need to read me some Tom Robbins, I've read exactly none. But according to goodreads it's 832nd on my to-reads list. My list isn't in order, though.. is anyones?? Hm. ...more
This book is mostly just a bunch of bookcovers that Chip Kidd has desginged, which is awesome and cool because now I have like 50Chip Kidd = my hero.
This book is mostly just a bunch of bookcovers that Chip Kidd has desginged, which is awesome and cool because now I have like 50 more books to look out for.. some of the books I'd never heard of and they looked AWESOME.
Also: I got this thing at the cute little in-town bookstore for 7 bucks. YAAAy. Imma miss the bookstore.....more
Edit again: So even though I haven't read all of DFW's work yet, I think this book would be a good place to start for someone who has read none. OrigiEdit again: So even though I haven't read all of DFW's work yet, I think this book would be a good place to start for someone who has read none. Originally I was telling people Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, but that's just because that's the first one I read and I loved it. This collection is... fucking brilliant. It's beyond my ability to really say more. I remember I was reading "Little Expresionless Animals" the day before DFW died, and I was like "oh my god I can't believe someone this brilliant is alive". Irony, eh. Oh, and the titular story.. epic. Painfully insightful, hilarious, scary, beautiful, everything.
Edit: David Foster Wallace is dead. My heart is kind of broken. The world is a worse place.
This book is short stories so I'm gonna briefly review each of 'em. Maybe. I dunno.
Little Expressionless Animals was fucking great. Sad, beautiful, hilarious.
I LOVE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE. SO MUCH. I CANT EVEN DESCRIBE THE EXTENT OF MY LOVE....more
It ate my review! HOW DARE IT! Basically, I just said that I find this type of book amusing.. and that I'm hella never getting married. And that lastIt ate my review! HOW DARE IT! Basically, I just said that I find this type of book amusing.. and that I'm hella never getting married. And that last minute wedding dresses made of toilet paper are lame- probably lamer than just wearing like.. jeans. or going nude. At least then people would remember your wedding. But this did have some legitimately handy tips.. though I can't stress this enough: I WILL NOT EVER HAVE A WEDDING. They are lame as shit. ...more