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I Drink for a Reason

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  7,289 Ratings  ·  563 Reviews
After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show With Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved ou ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Let him get out of his analrapist pants and into his acting skirt.

This was great. Just like Stephen Colbert's book (I Am America And So Can You) this was perfect for listening to the audio book version. I'd read through bits and pieces of the analogue version with the pages and the ink and the words and whatnot, while at a friend's house and enjoyed it, but hearing Cross's voice and delivery just made it even better.

It begins with another great comedian, Jon Benjamin, reading the intro for a fe
Dec 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I laughed to the point of physical pain at least nine times while reading David Cross’s I Drink For a Reason. Allow me to go all bullet-pointy with my review, please:

• I have never seen Mr. Show or Wonder Showzen (he was on that one, too, right?) despite some of you telling me about 4,000 times that I should. I feel guilty buying more DVD sets when I’m still on season 2 of Weeds and never finished True Blood. I have, however, seen every Arrested Development episode so I at least knew the author
Oct 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
A book that exemplifies the reason that most, if not all, stand-up comedians should not be offered book deals. They just shouldn’t.

I didn’t like this book, not even a little, but I should begin that with the caveat that I am, actually, a David Cross fan. Mr. Show is undeniably great, his 2002 album “Shut Up You Fucking Baby” remains one of my favorite stand-up albums, and though I liked them plenty less, I purchased the subsequent two and listened to them more than once on long car trips, usual
Jackie "the Librarian"
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ostensibly, this a book of "American wit and humor" according to the Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data (hey, I'm a librarian, I look at that stuff), and it is. But, it's humor colored by one man's edgy, even controverisal opinions about atheism, gay rights, and American politics. He is NOT a Bill O'Reilly fan. If you are, you will not like this book.

I'll give David Crosby this, he has a definite opinion about religion and gay rights, and he's not afraid to talk about it. While I
Arthur Graham
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Good luck with lunch", he wrote in my copy, at the King's English bookstore in SLC.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I Drink for a Reason is a poorly edited collection of unfocused ramblings and unfunny rants that serves mainly to highlight just how far the once brilliant David Cross has fallen lately. The comedian has always rode a fine line between righteous indignation and off-putting anger, but even for Cross this is a new low of smug superiority and condescension. But the book is not only unflatteringly nasty, it's also unforgivably lazy. The whole thing feels phoned-in, from the redundant rants against J ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another light listen for a long car ride. This book was like listening to a very long set of standup by David Cross and as you would imagine any 6 hour standup set it would have its hits and misses. It did have just enough hits to keep me entertained and engaged during the journey.

Throughout the audiobook Cross repeats his disgust for people having bought the audiobook a number of times, which is ok. It's just that it stops being funny after the first or second time and it isn't until about 5 h
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
First of all, I must apologize to all the reviewers who gave this book a mediocre (or worse) review. "They don't love David Cross like *I* love David Cross" I thought, disregarding everyone who claimed to be a fan who just didn't respond to this particular effort. Now, sadly, I must join their ranks.

Referring to the audiobook: Cross continually goes off-script to berate me for being lazy, rude, insulting to him, and part of the downfall of society because I am listening to the audiobook instead
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From one misanthrope to another, well done, David Cross, well done.

After reading these reviews, I'm really happy that the backlash he predicted has started. Now that he has "sold out", he is too mainstream for hipsters to enjoy, thus allowing me to enjoy him that much more. If I am ever fortunate enough to see him live again, I can do so freely and without sitting next to the trust fund babies who live with their 6 roommates in a box in Allston so that they can have "street cred". Who knows? May
Oct 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Who copyedited this thing? And who hired the copyeditor? How is it that these people have jobs? This book contains so many squinting modifiers, misplaced commas, and "it's" that should be "its," you feel like you're reading the work of a YouTube commenter.

Absolutely no developmental editorial work has been done; this is a disjointed, slapped-together collection of bits and bobs. I wish someone had asked, "Wait, is this actually a book? Does it hold together? Is it cohesive? Does each sentence m
Daniel Ionson
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I randomly picked this up as an audiobook at my library, since I loved Cross's work on Arrested Development. It was OK... a few parts were lol-funny, a lot was smirk-funny, and the rest was listening to his various soap-box-rants.
Patrick Gibson
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous

I just read through some of the Goodreads member comments on this book. Geesh guys, lighten up. I will grant you David Cross(es) the line between angry and sarcastic a few times but over all there is some very funny stuff here.

Cross opens with some thoughts on a "Don't Abandon Your Baby" sticker on the back of an LAPD car, like "What kind of person needs to be told or reminding that they shouldn't abandon their child? After mulling the topic over, he comes up with a suggested longer and presumab
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not worth finishing. Not even worth getting halfway through.

Comedians seem to have a stupidly hard time writing books. It's a little sad. There are some semi-funny things, there are some things that they should probably keep to themselves, there's some reference or another to internet drama that doesn't need to exist in print form, and the rest is filler.

I Drink for a Reason was no exception. It's just a strung-together bunch of very short essays about minor things. They mostly come off as mat
Aug 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
David Cross seems to hate everything. And he's angry. He's angry at me for not hating the same things he does. The only thing he seems to like is, of all things, a weird hipster band-thing called "The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players." I've also seen this band, and I hated the experience. Strongly. A David Cross amount of hate. I'd like to argue with David Cross about this band, but I'm worried he'd then start hating me enough to misspell my name repeatedly, like "Whoopie" Goldberg, "Anne" ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: dont-own
After reading through half of this, I put it down a couple days ago, having had a couple laughs but reaching my limit of Cross's abrasiveness and bitterness. I thought I'd come back to it but, as I've eyed the cover while walking by, my reluctance to return has increased.

I rarely do this, but I am thoroughly convinced that I Drink for a Reason isn't any more worth finishing for the reader than it seems to have been for the writer. It's a slap-dash collection of random rants and really pointless
May 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Have you ever been to a party where everyone crowds around one douchey guy because he's (a)a minor celebrity, (b) super hot, or (c) is sharing good drugs? When reading this book, I felt like I was at that party. I'm not a celeb whore, I'm married, and I don't do drugs, so I just didn't get the attraction. I wanted to (metaphorically) go hang out in the kitchen with the caterers and munch on some snacks. The guy just isn't funny. This whole book is him telling lame, often offensive stories in ord ...more
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I feel as if with many books like this, it's not as funny when you don't actually hear the voice of the writer. (David Sedaris' stories are much funnier when read in his dry tone with all the right pauses.) I saw David Cross read a few of these stories at a bookreading, so that really helped. I think if David Cross personally read all these to me, they would be a little bit funnier, but I think he's probably too busy to do so. That said, this collection was still pretty funny. One of my favorite ...more
antonia vitale
Aug 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
oh david cross. i love you, i do. but your humour just doesnt translate well onto the page. and dedicating an entire chapter to “A Free List Of Quirks For Aspiring Independent Filmmakers,” well, it just wasnt funny. in fact, i skipped it. i skipped entire chapters of this book before i finally felt stupid for reading it and put it down for good. i think i'll watch Arrested Development instead.
Sep 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This is a great book if you don't like funny books. If you're looking for a funny book, though, this one is fair to middling. I give it one star because it has David Cross's name on the cover, making you think you're going to be reading a funny book instead of a fair to middling book.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to get this off my chest because for a long time I've been carrying around this anger at David Cross. The guy is funny, but Alvin And The Fucking Chipmunks?!! Are you kidding me? What kind of sell out, self absorbed bullshit is that? A true comedy genius resorted to doing a shitty kid movie?? What kind of shit is that? I expect that from assholes like Larry The Cable Guy, but not you. I forgive you. We all make mistakes man. Wait, that movie paid for your summer home?? Really? Well shit, ...more
T.C. Michael
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was laughable, and not in a comedic way. I could literally write a 10-page essay on how terrible this book is and how completely plain David Cross is.

I was not anticipating this book heavily weighing into Cross's outlook on politics - that's his first and biggest fail.

The man claims to not be a left and he claims to not be a right. Without announcing, you seems to try to grab a spot in the middle of the political spectrum. But he shoots himself in both feet when his hypocrisy gets the
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
David Cross is a brilliant comedian, in that there is no doubt. Mr. Show and David Cross's earlier stand-up is some of the most subversive and modern stuff ever put on TV. Lately though, I feel that he's gone past the edge of "angry but still sharing the joke with humanity" to "extremely bitter with a fuck-everyone-especially-YOU" attitude, and it's not as fun, or as funny. To a degree I can understand how you could get like this, as I myself am a fairly cynical (trying to be skeptical-realist, ...more
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: funny, 2010, nonfiction, lame
A bunch of bullet points that will hopefully end up being a coherent review of this book:

--I usually don't check out stuff like this, but it's one of the most poorly edited books I've ever read. This feels so hastily hacked-up together in terms of context and format, it ends up looking AND reading like a shameless cash-in. Dudebro should have hired me as a copy editor at least.

--If you thought David Cross was patronizing in his stand-up, wait until you read this. Condescension served in heaping
William Thomas
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I found out a few fun facts about David Cross in this book that made me like him even more: he's in favor of capital punishment and he thinks of the immigration problem as a real problem and not something easily fixed with a bumper sticker slogan or t-shirt from Hot Topic. He says that if you f**k a baby to death, you should die.

I needed the audiobook version of 'I Drink for a Reason', because I felt that it wouldn't have been the same just reading it on the actual page. And I feel like I made
Eric Piotrowski
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
WOW, what a disappointment! I've been a fan of David Cross for many years: Standup, Mr. Show, Tobias Fünke, all of it. So when I found his book I was very happy. Sure, he can tread into the mediocre lair of "humor through discomfort" sometimes, and his rants occasionally become more tedious than insightful, but surely he wouldn't release an unfunny book.

Oh yes he would. One of the first sections is just pages and pages of how bad he felt after a breakup. I don't want to condemn a writer for expl
Oct 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Either he honestly did not give a shit about writing this book and went about meeting his required page count in the laziest possible fashion or Cross is simply a crap writer who should never attempt a collection of comedic essays again. Each individual piece is just so messy and disorganized and he keeps hitting the same targets over and over (Whoopi Goldberg? Seriously? THAT'S who you're going to call out repeatedly? I mean, throwing in anti-Whoopi asides in multiple pieces to give the impress ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Funny in the beginning, boring in the middle, and then ended strong. I agree with some of the other reviewers that he belabored some topics, but I find him more entertaining when he rants than when he comes up with strange fictionalized humor pieces. But then again I almost felt like his ranting and raving was too much. Perhaps 100 pages too much.

He repeatedly said through the book that he was too young to write an autobiography, but I would disagree. I think if Cross gave more insight into how
Mar 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I always thought David Cross was kinda funny, so I gave this one a shot...

Well, I guess it was "well-balanced"
By my reckoning it was:

20% Actually funny material
20% Interesting religious / philosophical viewpoint
20% Out loud daydreaming how great it will be when he is done writing this book
20% Not funny attempts to be funny / ironic / edgy
20% Whining that I was listening to the audio book instead of reading a hard copy - Sorry man, I didnt mean to offend you, but I like an audio book for the gym
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
I *really* wanted to like this book. I've been a big fan of David Cross since Arrested Development, so I even paid full price at an airport bookstore so could jump right in to reading during my next flight. What a disappointment. My biggest problem was not that Cross is angry and condescending (which he is), but that he's not funny. I realized that I hadn't laughed at a single thing until I reached a section about half-way through that detailed a star receiving a four hour massage (and his indig ...more
Carol Linn Hawkins
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
FINALLY. I started reading this December 2014 and couldn't get more than 40 pages into it. I'm not one for giving up on books, so since this is a book of short essays and lists, I would read a few chapters every once in a while between other books. I also left it at work so I could chip away at it when it was slow. I so badly wanted to like it, but I couldn't. I did love a few chapters and they made me laugh out loud and make me giggle just thinking about them. But so much of it was hard to read ...more
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David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, stand-up and actor.

Early Life

David Cross was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Susi, a computer retailer. Six months later, Cross' family moved to Florida. After additional moves to New York and Connecticu
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“I wonder if God cries. Or gets sad, even. Or happy. Or elated. Does he ever have a good belly laugh? Does he sense contentment? Does he feel pride or remorse? Is he stoic? We know from the Old Testament that he experiences bloodthirsty, murderous rage and fierce pride. He imbued mankind with all of these emotions, but it's hard to imagine him feeling any of these. It's almost a little embarrassing to think of him feeling jealousy. Of course he's WAY more advanced and evolved than we are. So I guess the ultimate stage of humanity is when we don't laugh or cry or experience emotion at all. God gave us laughter as a constant remind of what lesser-evolved beings humans are. Stupid humans!” 4 likes
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