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His novel Never Mind the Pollacks, a hilarious treat, used a fictional "Neal Pollack" to parody the excesses and idiocy of current pop culture. But his self-awareness becomes more self-indulgent (though still witty) in this straightforward memoir of life with his artist wife, the couple's decision a few years ago to have a baby and the attendant strains that his son, Elijah, wreaks on their hipster lifestyle. Pollack details the kind of problems that can be found in almost every memoir on child-rearing, from how to clean up baby poop to figuring out how best to be a "Dad" while being a friend. But he never really defines what it is that makes his parenting so alternative other than that he wants to be a parent and still get high and stay out late. Nevertheless, Pollack hasn't lost his flair for tongue-in-cheek commentary ("I'd begun exerting cultural control over my son; I was going to shape his mind until he was exactly like me"). (Jan.)
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Pop-culture writer Pollack has a reputation as a fun-loving, party-going hipster. For years he danced awkwardly from relationship to relationship, until he found the person he was looking for and settled down (sort of). Now we learn his deep, dark secret: he loves his little boy, loves him with a goofy, all-consuming love that makes him (and the reader) break out into smiles nearly constantly. This book, which recounts the author's transition from hipster guy to hipster dad, is both laugh-out-loud funny and cry-softly poignant. Written in Pollack's in-your-face, no-holds-barred style, it just may be the most offbeat book about parenting ever written, and fans of the author's previous, equally idiosyncratic books--including that pop-culture staple The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature (2000)--will be utterly enraptured. David Pitt
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Neal Pollack's expedition into parenting is the subject matter in this alternately hilarious and seriously introspective look at what it's like to raise a child in today's... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by jflash22
As a resident of the neighborhood in Austin where some of the "action" in the book took place, I'd say Pollack got the details right. Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by CB
I find it amusing when reviewers argue that Neal's funny and engaging book isn't such a big deal because a lot of people have kids and like alternative music. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Charles Rowe
I bought this book for my husband on his first Father's Day. He loves it and he often reads segments of it to me that he finds particularily funny.Published on July 17, 2007 by M. Weiss
Unlike apparently many reviewers here, I am not familiar with Neil Pollack's previous books and other published articles in magazines and webzines. Read morePublished on May 19, 2007 by Paul Allaer
Neal seems to miss the entire point of being "COOL", Cool people do not brag about their "coolness", you either are or your not. Read morePublished on May 8, 2007 by E.M. Siegel
Whether you've just entered your twenties and are thinking about things like what to major in in College, or you can see 30 looming on the horizon (or fading behind you, for that... Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by Kristina
I can not count the number of times that these words made me smile. This was a wonderful story from what seems to be a guy that's got it together (whether he knows it or not). Read morePublished on March 22, 2007 by Mindy Duran
Gen-X slacker encounters fatherhood and finds it to his liking. Neal Pollack is determined to be a "cool" and "alternative" Dad, whatever that means. Read morePublished on March 18, 2007 by Kevin Quinley