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Mishka Shubaly is many things in one person. He's a brilliant writer (a sort of anthropologist of his own life), a connoisseur of the human condition, a recovered alcoholic (with many misspent years behind him), an ultra-distance runner, and a rock musician. He's also completely incapable of making a relationship work. He likens a romance to a match between boxers who've taken off their gloves: "You both need to lower your hands and stand there, completely vulnerable, easily damaged, both believing with all your hearts that the other person could never, would never, hurt you. And then they hurt you. And you hurt them." His most recent girlfriend deemed him terminally lonely, deeply unfulfilled, and a person who luxuriates in self-loathing. What does such a man do with his time? Mishka decides to become a contestant on 3, CBS's dating reality show. If you've ever wanted to know what a reality show contestant goes through in audition, Mishka is your alacritous—yet slightly reluctant—guide. For viewers, these shows are emotional journeys, or a chance to gawk at another's life. For contestants, says Mishka, they are a landscape of humiliation and ersatz fulfillment. The question is, what will Mishka do if he lands a spot on the show? Get ready for another page-turning episode in the life of New York City's most prolific narcissist. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OVMFU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After receiving an expensive MFA from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly quit writing to play music. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists.

His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.

Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he is at work on a new solo record of his original songs for In Music We Trust and a full-length memoir for Public Affairs. He welcomes feedback from his readers. We're all in this together, you know?

"The Kindle Singles bestseller list has anointed new stars like Mishka Shubaly..."
-The New York Times

"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back."
-Time Out New York

"A beaming ray of jet-black sunshine."
-The Village Voice

"Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, whether you can stand it or not, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life."
-Huffington Post

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By platinum_babie on July 29, 2012
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Amazon Kindle on Twitter was advertising this book and the description fooled me a little. I had thought that this book was his experience of actually being on the reality show, but it turned out that he was only half-documenting the process of auditioning.

Dont get me wrong, there is insight in this book about how reality shows work, but the author is not giving you any insights himself. These insights must be derived yourself, after sifting through his lengthy analogies and descriptions of his feelings and background to get a glimpse into the auditioning process. There is no analysis or insightful observations on reality shows beyond the suicide rates; instead it tries to bring in literariness through making lengthy analogies of his experience and how he feels, but they are neither funny nor do they bring anything new to understanding the experience of whatever he's writing about. It feels like he grew up around a bunch of people who can't write and he's showing off his ability to use words (look at me! I can make long sentences full of descriptive imagery!!). The worst part is that these analogies are littered throughout the book. His writing lacks both conciseness and sharpness, although there are rare moments where he does demonstrate he has the talent and potential and that if he worked a little harder, and don't rely on his natural gift, he could be a much better writer. Unfortunately, this book reads like a Sophia kinsella novella, filled with boring stream of consciousness and is better reserved for a blog.

The book is not bad, but do come in with the expectation that you're reading the stream of consciousness of a self-proclaimed 35 year old angry teenager who managed to make his way through a reality show audition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 27, 2012
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I was not familiar with Mishka Shubaly's writing, so the Kindle Single was a good way to get acquainted. He's led quite an interesting life (an understatement!), and somewhere along the way, he learned to write. Describing himself as "a sober drunk" and a "35-year-old angry teenager," he's now a professional writer, and it's easy to see why he's so popular.

"Bachelor Number One" began a few days after his girlfriend Asha broke off their relationship with not a letter but a novella describing exactly why she was leaving him. It's a classic dump letter, which the author said made him feel like "this malevolent surgeon is doing an autopsy on me and I'm not dead yet." On the rebound, he applied to be a contestant on a new reality TV dating show. Remarkably, despite his checkered past, he was able to jump through all the hoops and pass the tests and evaluations and interviews that the show's producers threw at him. But the real fascination of the story was Mishka's anecdotes of his life. Before giving up alcohol, he had some crazy adventures, and he described them very colorfully. Actually, even sober, he led an interesting life. And it wasn't just him. His circle of friends was just as far out.

So how did the reality TV show go? You'll be surprised at the outcome, but in the end, Mishka showed why he's so dedicated to writing. I enjoyed "Bachelor Number One" very much for the humor and the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of reality TV.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina Marie on August 3, 2012
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I've done it again. I was so excited to see another Shubaly single that I dove at the chance to buy it. I then dove right in and didn't stop until One in the morning. Mishka's writing yanks me off of my feet, tosses me around emotionally, then somehow ends up settling me down peacefully into my pillow in the wee hours of the morning. I can only hope that he keeps writing, and writing, and writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kathleen k Greenwood on August 1, 2012
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This story was much less angry than his others. I think Mishka may be mellowing a bit as he counts his white pubic hairs ! A famiy that sticks by you can do that to a person. Nice to see his heart and love for his family...sweet story...majorly sweet!
A common thread of all his stories so far is his concern for others. In this case his family.

This guy is a major catch...who will end up the lucky girl? Now that will be a great read!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2012
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So many times I find myself wishing I have the gift to chronicle and communicate the various events fate and I have contrived to throw in my path. I envision this gift as the capacity to recount an event which has altered life in some way, but in the telling the event creates a foundation or a sense of relationship where the author is no longer unreachable. The reader can connect with the humor, insight, pain, growth, etc. through the experience. Since my abilities do not extend to such a gift, I value it in others. Mishka Shubaly has the gift in spades.

Bachelor Number One was my first Kindle Single and my introduction to Shubaly. I immediately read his other Singles and they were my perfect introduction to a genre that I am now embarrassed to admit that I had been avoiding.

Shubaly manages to provide a human charater by exposing his flaws, thoughts and actions candidly. You will laugh out loud, you will cringe and you will gain insight into the process that is the reality tv monster.

The topic is timely and Shubaly's views are refreshing. I found the book fascinating in a way I was not expecting.
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