I’m not sure what to tell you if you don’t know what I’m talking about when I tell you that I adore The Oatmeal.
Other than to express my sorrow that yI’m not sure what to tell you if you don’t know what I’m talking about when I tell you that I adore The Oatmeal.
Other than to express my sorrow that you’ve lacked the joy of The Oatmeal in your life (and that you probably ought to set aside a few hours when you start clicking the links to his site), here are some of the places you should start:
I’ve been pretty damn busy lately and getting nothing done in my life, basically, but when Andrews McMeel Publishing gave me the opportunity to read The Oatmeal’s new collection of comics all about running there was simply no way not to. This is the guy who brings you such beauties as I Drew Spider-Man Like the New Spider-Woman.
As with his previous books, The Terrible And Wonderful isn’t new material, or at least much of it isn’t anyway. This is a collection of running stories mostly previously published on The Oatmeal. He covers why and how he started running, and why he continues to do so despite The Blerch, and RoboCop.
And, of course, the flesh-melting Japanese giant hornets.
If you think that this is hyperbole, an imagined creature created by The Oatmeal, go ahead and google it. The pain and horror you’ll experience is all your own fault.
This collection doesn’t exactly inspire the reader to take up running, but as he explains in the book, that’s not what he’s trying to do. He’s just relating his own experiences with running and why he loves (and sometimes despises) it....more
Goodness, I thought I was going to like this book a lot more.
And through most of listening to it (and the audiobook is a great way to go, by the way)Goodness, I thought I was going to like this book a lot more.
And through most of listening to it (and the audiobook is a great way to go, by the way), although I wasn't enjoying it as much as I'd anticipated, I still imagined giving it three stars. But then I didn't finish it, so... two, I suppose. Much of that is due to the cameos and Poehler's narration on the audiobook.
I didn't hate it or anything. It just didn't live up to what I anticipated/expected and despite reading a bunch of reviews saying it was hilarious when it was released last year, I only ever smiled (I listen two about 3/4 of it) and never laughed.
Brosh seemed to take such a hiatus from the site for so long (it was pretty scary there, for a while, that her last entry for months on end was the inBrosh seemed to take such a hiatus from the site for so long (it was pretty scary there, for a while, that her last entry for months on end was the incredibly insightful entry about depression), that I'd sort of forgotten how very much I love her.
If you like Hyperbole and Half as much as I do, you really can't go wrong buying the book, despite that probably at least half (?) of the sections are previously published - it's lovely and hilarious to revisit them. Also we have what is, to my knowledge, a new dog story.
But Thoughts and Feelings definitely wins, hands down....more
Fun and far too easy to see myself in some of these, like:
"Feeling you need a change in your life, so treating yourself to a completely new type of cFun and far too easy to see myself in some of these, like:
"Feeling you need a change in your life, so treating yourself to a completely new type of cheese."
"The disappointment of finding the train company has reserved you a seat next to another human."
"Tripping over nothing and turning to stare furiously at the floor."
"Attempting to deal with a queue-jumper by staring fiercely at the back of their head."
"Thanking people under your breath as punishment for them not thanking you."
"Telling someone to help themselves, then feeling your chest tighten when they take more than you think they should."
"Being told to enjoy your meal, flight, stay or birthday and replying, 'Thanks, you too!'"
"Accidently saying 'you're welcome' too loudly when someone hasn't thanked you, and smiling politely when they look straight at you."
"Feeling utterly devastated when you say to the barman, 'I think this guy was next' and you're not thanked."
"Dropping five pence: Pick it up and look desperate or leave it and look like a snob?"
As others have noted, and as one can tell just by reading the lines above, there is some repetition throughout the book, which can feel less forgivable when you consider how brief it is.
I wanted this because I've been following the Twitter feed for a few months and frequently laugh out loud over lines there, but there were less laughs here. I have to wonder of the material is older, so less developed, before they hit their stride or whether perhaps witticisms like this are best encountered in the brief world of Twitter instead of gathered together like this - even though I did try to nip in and out of it over the course of a couple weeks, instead of reading it all at once (which definitely wouldn't be advised).
Anyway, still fun and insightful, and nice to know that I'm not always the only one to have such thoughts and reactions to others around me. ...more
One of the drawbacks, I suppose, to being a hyper-aware Sedaris fan, is that when a new collection of his work is released, I find I've already read aOne of the drawbacks, I suppose, to being a hyper-aware Sedaris fan, is that when a new collection of his work is released, I find I've already read about a third of the book.
Although I've been excited for this release for months, I became a bit concerned as the day approached because many of the reviews I read were critical of the inclusion of many fictional pieces with the essays - pieces so cleverly written that apparently many reviewers had issues with believing they were one of Sedaris' fact-based pieces for several pages before realizing they are not. After not really enjoying Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, I was nervous about these inclusions. But perhaps because I'd read these reviews, perhaps because I'm very familiar with Sedaris' work, perhaps because Sedaris is skilled at subtly alerting us to such pieces, I only read more than a page or so without identifying one of these pieces one time. And I enjoyed them, anyway, feeling that they only added to the collection.
As always, Sedaris is simultaneously hyper and depressing, simultaneously cutting and heartbreaking. I sense, amongst my friends, that Sedaris is typically either beloved or dismissed, and it's easy to see why; it takes a certain kind of person to appreciate and not be annoyed. I remain, with almost all of his essays, an admirer. ...more