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 in...moreBrosh 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.(less)
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 c...moreFun 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. (less)
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 a...moreOne 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. (less)