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Duplex Planet by David Greenberger
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Oct 11, 07

bookshelves: pop-culture, humor, favorites

this is one of those evergreen books that i find myself returning to time and time again. it's one of those books that you could sit on your coffee table and pick up once every blue moon, or you could just plow through it in one sitting, as i did initially when i got it several years ago.

basically, the book is a collection of short interviews with residents at an old folks' home. the interviewer, david greenberger, worked for some time at this home, as an entertainment coordinator for the residents. he started up a home newsletter, which featured interviews with various residents. the newsletter was a hit, not only in the home, but outside, where copies found themselves being passed around, first among greenberger's circle of friends, then beyond.

there is genuine comedy here, especially when greenberger asks residents to offer their take on, say, the beatles, elvis, technology, etc. there is also a great bit of wisdom, wit, and off-topic tangents that are worth the ride.

this is one of those that you will read and want to share every other sentence with the person sitting next to you. you'll laugh out loud and you'll fall in love with these folks. with their brutal honesty, their confusion, and their defiance. i wish more people would have been exposed to this collection. especially in a country where we seem to throw our elders away, believing they have little to offer, or that they are a burden. this book provides a tiny glimpse into just how wrong those sentiments are.

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