A "deeply funny new collection of booger-flecked nonfiction...While all of these lowbrow reflections are amusing, it's when Nester is semiserious that he's at his best....As a whole, How to Be Inappropriate reads like a coming-of-age tale in which adulthood arrives with a refreshingly juvenile mind-set."-Time Out New York
"Unafraid of offending genteel audiences, How to Be Inappropriate
details one man's struggle to divest himself from a passion for vulgarity, as expressible in many verbal and physical forms. For those who wonder what modern fables legendary satirists might spin if alive today, this is a great place to start."--Virginia Konchan, Rain Taxi
"In this essay collection from Soft Skull press, Nester tries very hard to show that he is, indeed, living up to the title. He devotes an entire chapter to mooning, including a list of synonyms for the act (such as "inverted fruit cup"), and one to farting. But the real fun lies in his take on such things as ApologetiX, a Christian rock parody band, and a fascinating profile of a professional videogamer. We'll take Nester's pop culture meanderings over his attempts at frat-boy humor any day."--Penthouse
"If there was Nobel Prize for Achievement in Inappropriateness, Daniel Nester would be Laureate of the Universe. Until then, he'll have settle for having written this shockingly innovative stunner of a book. Nester brings his irreverent, elegiac sensibility to subjects from ranging from the essence of literary truth to the enduring mystery of flatulence, managing in the bargain to highlight the bleak hilarity of human existencewhich, when you think about it, is the most inappropriate thing of all." Rachel Shukert, author of Have You No Shame?
"Daniel Nester is funny as hell." Stephen Elliott
"Daniel Nester is a stone-cold genius. Clever, lyrical, inappropriate in all the right waysI'd rather read him than just about anyone right now." Darin Strauss, author of More Than It Hurts You
"Daniel Nester's essays are haunted by a Victorian perversity. His writing exhibits a kind of Tourette syndrome in which the author continuously abases himself and revels in his own shortcomings. It's a painful kind of comedy leavened by gentle good humor and wonder." Thomas Beller, author of The Sleep-Over Artist and How To Be a Man
"Former McSweeney's editor Nester (English, Coll. of Saint Rose), whose writing has appeared in The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Poetry, and Poets & Writers, presents his debut collection of humorous nonfiction, amassing 41 years' worth of experience in nonconformity. His stories are, as the title suggests, inappropriate, and they often engender squeamishness, discomfort, and laughter. But they are fresh and, at times, touching, qualities that make this an enjoyable read. Subjects include teaching curse words to Chinese ESL students, reimagining a Terry Gross NPR interview of Gene Simmons by substituting Gene Simmons with an AI computer, a collection of references to flatulence in English poesy, the history of mooning, and out-of-context comments he made as a college professor in order to clarify and expand upon his students' writing. Nester includes photographs, illustrations, and a time line of his inappropriate acts from birth to the present. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy memoirs and essays." Library Journal
About the Author
Daniel Nester's most recent book, How to Be Inappropriate
, described as "a deeply funny new collection of booger-flecked nonfiction" in Time Out New York
, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2010. He is editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology
, published by Write Bloody Publishing in 2013.
Nester's first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute
(Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On
(2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight
(BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems. As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Salon
, The New York Times
, The Morning News
, The Daily Beast
, The Rumpus
, McSweeney's Internet Tendency
, and the Poetry Foundation website.
His work has been anthologized in such collections as Lost and Found, The Best American Poetry, The Best Creative Nonfiction, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. His poems have appeared in such journals as Coconut, Shampoo, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Crazyhorse, Open City, Slope, Spoon River Poetry Review, and other places.
Currently, he is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches creative nonfiction and poetry and is on the core faculty of their M.F.A. program in creative writing. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife, film and TV editor Maisie Weissman, and two daughters, Miriam and Beatrice.