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11 November 2011

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It's not just you -- although, have to admit I thought parts of Jen Lancaster's "Such a Pretty Fat" were funny. I once attempted to read a popular Chelsea Handler book. It was not only unfunny but actually hideous to me. I would have to be paid to read her books. It wouldn't be cheap either.

I generally like Laurie Notaro pretty well - although I only think every other book is actually funny. This one was not. Maybe the next one.

Lee,
Well, I think you're right, even when I'm not enjoying the full experience, there are sometimes small parts of these books that make me chuckle. Sometimes these authors can turn a line--which I suppose is what makes them so popular. But there aren't enough such lines to really make me a fan.

Yes, I think Chelsea is definitely a love her/hate her proposition. I tend to find her funnier than not because I enjoy my humor on the, what's the word, more "base" or profane-rich side (which is why I also enjoy Hollis Gillespie). But sometimes Chelsea can be a bit much for even me, so I can understand your dislike of her books!

Laura,
Yeah, I don't know what it is about Laurie Notaro, I just don't find her very out of the ordinary, or something. (Ha on the "every other book" rule.) I should try her first one again, I only read the first few pages of it a million years ago. Humor's a real personal genre, I find. Interesting.

Natural humor in everyday life is so much better than contrived humor. As a culture we are drunk on entertainment and often stoop pretty low to get our funny fixes. Maybe we would be better off if we just let humor come to us instead of chasing after disappointing funny books and movies. Of course, we have to recognize it. Perhaps there is a role for a good comic - teach us to see humor. We should study funny only so long and then occasionally amuse ourselves.

I'd rather read the angry one, or trying to be angry. I blame that supressing anger on Sara Crewe. Her take on it was that if you could not show your anger, you were stronger than other people.

I'm still kicking myself for not picking up White Haired Honky Bitch or whatever it's called. It was right in front of me. Hardcover for a dollar. And I walked on. Smiting forehead ever since...

Rick--
Agreed; humor is a very personal thing, and it's hard to write well. I'll admit that I probably came to the Frankel title expecting a different kind of humor, and then I couldn't get past that. It was really more memoir than "humor."

Bybee,
Don't smite your forehead too hard. Mr. CR maintains he doesn't have any idea why I was so amused by that book, so who knows? Maybe it wouldn't have been for you either. You'll see it again someday, books always come back around.

Who is this Sara Crewe? I've never heard of her.

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