I kind of felt bad for the poor 23-year-old saps in this book who throw away two years of their lives to earn $200k a year and (if they’re lucky) a lifetime of financial stability. Then I remembered that they make $200k a year and will have a lifetime of financial stability, and felt less sorry for them.
Not essential reading by any means, but it’s a fairly interesting snapshot of today’s Wall Street, which is quite different from Wolf of Wall Street. Unfortunately. That book was probably more fun to read.

I kind of felt bad for the poor 23-year-old saps in this book who throw away two years of their lives to earn $200k a year and (if they’re lucky) a lifetime of financial stability. Then I remembered that they make $200k a year and will have a lifetime of financial stability, and felt less sorry for them.

Not essential reading by any means, but it’s a fairly interesting snapshot of today’s Wall Street, which is quite different from Wolf of Wall Street. Unfortunately. That book was probably more fun to read.

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I think the most interesting part of this book is that the female author clearly used a brain GoPro to see what young men were thinking, and then used that information to make herself money off of a book. Because I’m not sure how she got access to these thoughts otherwise.

I think the most interesting part of this book is that the female author clearly used a brain GoPro to see what young men were thinking, and then used that information to make herself money off of a book. Because I’m not sure how she got access to these thoughts otherwise.

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If you enjoy short story collections titled like homosexual pornography (but without stories about homosexuality), then have I got the short story collection for you.
Seriously, it’s one of the best things I’ve read all year.

If you enjoy short story collections titled like homosexual pornography (but without stories about homosexuality), then have I got the short story collection for you.

Seriously, it’s one of the best things I’ve read all year.

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This book could be called “Monogamy: Why It Doesn’t Work For Humans.” It shattered a lot of the myths I once believed.
There’s a reason the divorce rate is 50% (the other 49% are stuck in loveless marriages). So it’s probably not the best book to read if you just got married or are in a happy relationship. Doesn’t offer much hope.

This book could be called “Monogamy: Why It Doesn’t Work For Humans.” It shattered a lot of the myths I once believed.

There’s a reason the divorce rate is 50% (the other 49% are stuck in loveless marriages). So it’s probably not the best book to read if you just got married or are in a happy relationship. Doesn’t offer much hope.

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I read this book ultra-fast. It ended up being one of my favorites of the year. Can’t recommend it enough.
It’s blisteringly funny, and will break your heart into a million little pieces.

I read this book ultra-fast. It ended up being one of my favorites of the year. Can’t recommend it enough.

It’s blisteringly funny, and will break your heart into a million little pieces.

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Every one of Mary Roach’s books is at least a little gross. I accept that I’m going to read some disgusting passages in exchange for being entertained and learning something about whatever her latest book’s about.
This is really, really gross. There’s no escaping it when you’re talking about the digestive system. I had a hard time getting through some pages.
But I certainly learned new things, and was entertained. Worth it!

Every one of Mary Roach’s books is at least a little gross. I accept that I’m going to read some disgusting passages in exchange for being entertained and learning something about whatever her latest book’s about.

This is really, really gross. There’s no escaping it when you’re talking about the digestive system. I had a hard time getting through some pages.

But I certainly learned new things, and was entertained. Worth it!

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This is a novelization of that bit they used to do on Important Things where he showed off funny drawings. And not surprisingly, plenty of these these are very funny.
I can’t remember which illustration in particular made me feel this way, but I actually frowned at one for a good minute. Oh, it was one that had a drawing of a pint of beer in it (among other things, I won’t spoil it here for you). It wasn’t very funny, but it did make me think of my own mortality. That’s constitutes an A+ drawing in my opinion. If only they all could’ve been that good.
Certainly worth getting from the library. Not something I’d invest money in.

This is a novelization of that bit they used to do on Important Things where he showed off funny drawings. And not surprisingly, plenty of these these are very funny.

I can’t remember which illustration in particular made me feel this way, but I actually frowned at one for a good minute. Oh, it was one that had a drawing of a pint of beer in it (among other things, I won’t spoil it here for you). It wasn’t very funny, but it did make me think of my own mortality. That’s constitutes an A+ drawing in my opinion. If only they all could’ve been that good.

Certainly worth getting from the library. Not something I’d invest money in.

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This book is so good it’s infuriating. It shouldn’t be allowed to be this good. Not a book from a guy who just came out with something good in August! He should have no ideas left at this point. This is ridiculous. Someone stop Simon Rich from writing things.
You’ll finish it in a day or two, and you’ll be happy you did. It’s chock full of funny, clever stories about love. It’s great because there’s stuff in here about being single, about being in a relationship, and about being broken up with someone, so no matter your current situation, there are stories here for you.

This book is so good it’s infuriating. It shouldn’t be allowed to be this good. Not a book from a guy who just came out with something good in August! He should have no ideas left at this point. This is ridiculous. Someone stop Simon Rich from writing things.

You’ll finish it in a day or two, and you’ll be happy you did. It’s chock full of funny, clever stories about love. It’s great because there’s stuff in here about being single, about being in a relationship, and about being broken up with someone, so no matter your current situation, there are stories here for you.

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Writing words all day is my job. That’s partly why I don’t write on this blog as often I used to, because writing words, even if they’re my own, feel like work. And working 7 days a week is enough for me. And is also the max that is humanly possible, unless the government starts an 8th day of the week called Montuwedthufrisat. I pray that they don’t.
I mention this because even though I sit at a computer and type words all day, I do not cleverly phrase things like Sam Lipsyte. I will never be able to. He puts them together in ways where I’ll be reading a fragment of a sentence of his and I’ll start shaking my head. How the hell does he come up with it? That’s not a common question I ask myself when reading something.
I’ve read a bunch of his stuff, and this is his best work by far. He works well in the short story format, and I’d recommend this to just about anyone.

Writing words all day is my job. That’s partly why I don’t write on this blog as often I used to, because writing words, even if they’re my own, feel like work. And working 7 days a week is enough for me. And is also the max that is humanly possible, unless the government starts an 8th day of the week called Montuwedthufrisat. I pray that they don’t.

I mention this because even though I sit at a computer and type words all day, I do not cleverly phrase things like Sam Lipsyte. I will never be able to. He puts them together in ways where I’ll be reading a fragment of a sentence of his and I’ll start shaking my head. How the hell does he come up with it? That’s not a common question I ask myself when reading something.

I’ve read a bunch of his stuff, and this is his best work by far. He works well in the short story format, and I’d recommend this to just about anyone.

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I like DC Pierson. I liked his first book The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To. I dig magical realism. I dig funny stuff. That book was both of those things.
This book was a straight up fantasy novel where the protagonist is in high school. And I do not do fantasy. At all. So it was no surprise that when there were long passages describing other realms and aliens with funny names that my eyes glazed over. That’s not the author’s fault. That’s strictly operator error. I’m sure fantasy nerds were way into it.
It’s a shame, there were some parts that were super funny that took place in the real world. But so much of it was in another land that it didn’t quite grab me. I hope he gets to write a third book, and I hope it’s filled with magical realism.
I’ll be all over it.

I like DC Pierson. I liked his first book The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To. I dig magical realism. I dig funny stuff. That book was both of those things.

This book was a straight up fantasy novel where the protagonist is in high school. And I do not do fantasy. At all. So it was no surprise that when there were long passages describing other realms and aliens with funny names that my eyes glazed over. That’s not the author’s fault. That’s strictly operator error. I’m sure fantasy nerds were way into it.

It’s a shame, there were some parts that were super funny that took place in the real world. But so much of it was in another land that it didn’t quite grab me. I hope he gets to write a third book, and I hope it’s filled with magical realism.

I’ll be all over it.

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