Simon Rich used to write for SNL and he that type of absurdist humor. He is a great diversion for me from my usual "literary" fiction. He is very funny and creative. This book has 18 stories and they are mix of ghosts, talking dinosaurs, St. Peter, Hitler etc. He pokes fun at his generation(35) and media and Hollywood. The book is 230 pages and can be read in a short time. Looking for a good laugh, try this. He has quite a few collections and eventually I will read them all.
Hits and Misses: Stories
Arrives by Tue, Jun 9
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Simon Rich is "one of the funniest writers in America" ( Daily Beast) -- a humorist who draws comparisons to Douglas Adams (New York Times Book Review), James Thurber, and P.G. Wodehouse (The Guardian). With Hits and Misses, he's back with a hilarious new collection of stories about dreaming big and falling flat, about ordinary people desperate for stardom and the stars who are bored by having it all.
Inspired by Rich's real experiences in Hollywood, Hits and Misses chronicles all the absurdity of fame and success alongside the heartbreaking humanity of failure. From a bitter tell-all by the horse Paul Revere rode to greatness to a gushing magazine profile of everyone's favorite World War II dictator, these stories roam across time and space to skewer our obsession with making it big -- from the days of ancient Babylon to the age of TMZ.
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All he liked to do wa...
"All he liked to do was sit around in his underwear, making up jokes and then laughing at them." That pretty much describes the self referential author of these short stories. Unfortunately, I wasn't laughing along with him. Some of the more satirical stories might have made amusing New Yorker cartoons and some of the others might have been ok as part of a set in a comedy club. But they didn't work for me at all as short stories. Each consists of one joke, drawn out. What if your future career could be predicted from a sonogram, and an author found himself competing with the novel his fetal son was typing while in the uterus? What if Paul Revere's horse wanted equal credit for the ride? What if death were an actor? The gofer for a studio exec tries to talk the exec into heaven. I just didn't find any of this funny. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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