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My Empire of Dirt by Manny Howard
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Feb 10, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: gardening
Read in February, 2011

I wanted to laugh at this man but as much as I tried I could only pity him and the animals he bought to live on his "farm". Having no idea of how to take care of animals he repeatedly purchases livestock and through neglect, ignorance and even malice manages to kill most of them. I didn't find this very funny. He seems to learn nothing from their deaths and so it happens again and again. I didn't find that very funny either. The fact that he has a seemingly endless well of money to draw from only further ensures that he will never be forced to face the consequences of his choices. I found this waste galling and frustrating. Still not very funny.

I did enjoy it when he wrote about the history of Brooklyn and the shaping of the land there. As long as his personal life is completely removed from his subject matter I could imagine reading another book by him. But another memoir? Never.
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