As far as HIS books goes, this isn't my favorite. But, compared to anything else, it's amazingly written. He is so witty and insightful. I thought thiAs far as HIS books goes, this isn't my favorite. But, compared to anything else, it's amazingly written. He is so witty and insightful. I thought this one was a lot more sad and darker and less.. funny, than most of them. If you've never read his stuff I woudlnt start with this one. I'd start with Me Talk Pretty One Day or something. But, otherwise, totally great and recommended. ...more
The book isn't simple- it's complex, and powerful, beautiful, hilarious, and above all: is feels utterly sincere.
Obviously the title is hyperbolic.. bThe book isn't simple- it's complex, and powerful, beautiful, hilarious, and above all: is feels utterly sincere.
Obviously the title is hyperbolic.. but it's not completely ironic/innacurate either..
Eggers has a great little thing about Irony/the title being ironic/the book being ironic.. in the added section of the book "Mistakes we knew we were making". In which he's like,"you fuckers don't know what irony means; let me explain"*. It's all true. *This isn't an actual quote from him.
He uses profanity in an extremely pleasing, effective way. He says motherfucker and fucker a lot and it works really well. I know it's weird to think that profanity can "work" or not, but it's true.. it COULD make the writing seem overly casual, flippant, and bland. It does not. Because Eggers knows what the fuck he's doing.
I liked when the characters broke out of their character-ness and started talking about.. being in the book. Kind of breaking down the third wall. That was also effective; a less skilled writer couldn't have pulled it off.
Eggers is a very skilled writer, I think, though it's easy to miss because you're busy being entertained (and having your heart slightly broken) by the events in the book.
Also, the relationship between him and his brother is awesome. Maybe I'm biased towards brotherly depictions but I thought that was the thing that held the book together and gave it most of its.. heart. Though it had lots.
This book is very funny. Genuinely. Egger's ability to see situations (any situation) as capable of being depicted as both sad/beautiful AND hilarious may be his greatest strength as an author.
Memoirs are a difficult genre, I think. To write or read. I think Eggers pulled it off effectively and with great aplomb. ...more
Edit: I re-read this the other day and it was quite a different experience. The first time I read this I was 1Classic. Dark humor. Personal favorite.
Edit: I re-read this the other day and it was quite a different experience. The first time I read this I was 15. It helps to read this at 15 when you're full of angst. I mean, I still love and enjoy it for the ridiculous amount of unnecessary brutal murders on nny's part ("STOP TRYING TO BRING BACK BELLBOTTOMS!" *MURDERS*), but all the quasi-deep things that nny says don't seem very deep anymore. I was like, that SOUNDS nice, Vasquez, but I think you're trying too hard to sound fancy. ALSO, this graphic novel was published before EMO was all the rage, and I read it before emo was all the rage, so I think that's part of what made it lamer. Back in 1997, "people" like nny were just morose, but by today's standards, nny is just a little emoface. (Except when he's killing). ...more
Possibly even better than JTHM, though it's hard to say. Squee is adorable. The second like.. half of the book, are just random comics that are unrelaPossibly even better than JTHM, though it's hard to say. Squee is adorable. The second like.. half of the book, are just random comics that are unrelated to squee. So if you don't like him (which I can't imagine why) you'd still like it. ...more
This was funny. The funniest thing about it, though, I'm sad to say, is the title. Though as I was reading it and feeling somewhat unsatisfied I realiThis was funny. The funniest thing about it, though, I'm sad to say, is the title. Though as I was reading it and feeling somewhat unsatisfied I realized the reason for this was that it didnt' seem very current. I checked the publication date and it was published in 2000. Probably written in 1999. So... a lot has happened in the horrible entertainment world since then. So, with this in mind, the book is much better. Nothing was particularly ground-breaking for me, as I already feel nausiated and indifferent towards most forms of celebrity. I liked her section on ice skating, though. I had never thought about the whole virgin/whore thing she talked about (mostly because I never really think about ice skating but whatever). Also, she pointed out how the goody two-shoes Asian girl always wins the skating competition, basically, the conservative bias. And how gymnastics is ruining people.
I also liked when she said "People are easily brainwashed. All you need is some stress, some sleep deprivation, a new language of esoteric terminology, and the constant input of extremist propaganda by the faithful; it's always worked on prisoners of war, hostages, and Scientologists." Heh.
My only real complaint is that Wilson seemed to spend more time just talking about what certain celebrities/the media do/does, and little time examining this in much depth.
But her bottom line, I agree with "Stop pathetically believing that you deserve fame or fame deserves you. It's yucky, and it's only making you miserable, so stop."
Also, she uses the word "smarmy" a LOT. Which is kind of cool, cause I like that word.