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 has
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
• Just turn on your television set and stay in and do something more boring ...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
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
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
It is far from ...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
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
It's a collection of columns previously published in The Observer, but as I don't live in the UK and therefore have not been in contact with said paper, all was new for me.
This was the first I actually read by David Mitchell (not to be confused with the author of Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and more recently The Bone Clocks). I've seen/listened to him on a number of BBC shows though. And liked it. If you did as we ...more
As an American, though, several of the topics were too specific for me. The political tiffs of Britain circa 2009-2013 usually weren't things I could relate to, so I wound up starting--and eventually skipping over--about a third ...more
To be honest with you, I have never heard about David Mitchell before. I'm not familiar with American comedian other than the obvious one, such as Ellen or.. Heck, I don't know, okay? I only know Ellen. Haha. Even though I know some, I don't know that in American they call them comedian. I guess I know them as actors or hosts.
This book is not as witty or ...more
It’s a good analysis of what we, as a society, have been concerning ourselves with for the past six years or so, a nice glance back over our shoulder with a wry shake of the head from side to side. It’s entertaining, informative and very funny w ...more
Most enjoyable and quite often laugh-out-loud funny. Best read in small doses, I think, to avoid becoming jaded with the format.
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