Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life
What's wrong with calling a burglar brave? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone ha
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Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons From Modern Life is a book by British actor, comedian and writer, David Mitchell. It contains a collection of columns that Mitchell has written for the Observer over the period 2009 to 2014, with some additional commentary. It also includes a twelve page appendix of pred ...more
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If, like me, you have an inflated opinion of yourself, enjoy listening to BBC Radio Four, and ‘get’ satire, I would strongly recommend that you purchase David Mitchell’s new book, ‘Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse’. The new book features a selection of some of David Mitchell’s best articles written during his time at The Observer from 2008 to 2014. ‘Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse’ offers David Mitchell’s concerns, opinions and possible (although somewhat un ...more
Comedian David Mitchell is well known thanks to the variety of TV shows such as 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look' he can be seen in. As a result, as soon as I saw he had written this book I knew that I wanted to read it. If I'm being completely honest, this book didn't match my original expectations and though it's humerous at times, it's also rather tedious reading at times. ...more
I wanted to read this book because I immediately thought I’d get some laughs but mostly I got eye ache from rolling them too much. I honestly don’t even know where to start here, it wasn’t as if the entire book was awful. Half the book was terribly dated because he’d written it years ...more
As expected from Mitchell it was insightful, funny and at times quite moving. From the sombre respect reserved for the humble poppy to the hilarious panic of the horsemeat scandal I enjoyed some truly laugh out loud mom ...more
I found a good many laugh out loud moments within the book and plenty more to smile about but there is most certainly a diminishing returns element to all this.
The first ten stories are fun and original, the next ten are fun but 3 of them feel like something you read in the first ten. This continues on until by the end of the book the last ten maybe only 1 or 2 have a fresh feel. Th ...more
It is far from ...more
As one would expect, the mini-essays in this book are on a variety of topics, though most of them could be described as "British". It is an enjoyable book for its humour and scope; no fan of Mitchell could deny that it is definitely him speaking. I enjoyed his opinions and style o ...more
Actually compiled of his newspaper columns over a period of several years this was something different to listen to when winding down at night.
He covers myriad topics such as corrupt bankers, history exams and sexist football pundits which I agree sounds really boring but in fact is the opposite.
He has a knack for picking o ...more
This book is a collection of writing from various times, with added comments here and there, some lugubrious in that he admits when his observations or prognostications haven't been the best. The chapters are on particular topics and are themed well.
It would probably better to see Mitchell as a social critic, one of the roles of a comedian or sati ...more
The columns are mostly what you'd expect from Mitchell. Mordant, slightly grumpy and contrarian, but sprightly and often laugh-out-loud funny. One rather heavy section deals with the last election campaign and while he makes some good points I think he's on better form when doing the observatio ...more
I’m vaguely annoyed that I missed these articles in the Observer when they were first published - I was too busy being hung over on a Sunday morning - but it does mean that I have a bumper lot to get through in one go here.
Mitchell’s thoughts converge mainly with mine, particularly on the political spectrum, but most certainly not on the musical one (he claimed on tv to have only ever bought one album - Phi ...more
I love David Mitchell; I really enjoy his intelligent and sardonic style of comedy, and this collection of his newspaper columns from 2009-2014(ish) is exactly what you would expect. Each piece is a witty, insightful, self-deprecating, and hilarious commentary on then-current events. They are a bit dated now, and some apply to specifically British people/events/news, but they are still joyous to consume.
I suspect, however, that a book is not the best format for these articles; reading dozen ...more
My biggest take-always from this were that I’m offended by all the wrong things, and the British monarchy is more useful than most Americans think. I don’t know what to do with this information.
If you’re fully satisfied with the things from which you derive your offense and prefer not to audit them, I do not recommend that you read this book. For everyone else, it’s a witty, insightful romp through the socio-political issues of the las ...more
I disagreed with some, agreed with others and found myself un-opinionated by most. I genuinely thought this book would be funnier - my husband always praises Mitchell as the best comedian so maybe my hopes and expectations were too high.
Pleasant enough though - and listening to the book was also insightful as Mitchell himself narrates the audible version.
David Mitchell is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is one half of the comedic duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were both part of the Cambridge Footlights, of which Mitchell became President. Together the du ...more