Novelist and humorist Ames writes: "My whole oeuvre has become one big dysfunctional personal ad," and this uneven collection of essays often feels that way. Ames (Wake Up, Sir!) informs readers several times of his height/weight vital stats. He is straight, but with a pansexual horniness that leads to inopportune erections, sordid encounters with prostitutes and an s&m session with a dominatrix and her transsexual boyfriend that makes him late for a play date with his son. He forthrightly, indeed obsessively, discloses details of his chronic rectal itch, his "explosive episodes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome" and every other gross bodily eruption and excretion that plagues him. And there's a note of self-deprecatory preening as Ames marvels at the young lovelies he still manages to attract and the other celebrity writers he hangs with on his book tours. Sometimes Ames's trademark combination of (literal) bathroom gags, hipster grotesquerie and neurotic free association achieves an inspired synthesis of confessional humor, but with overuse its hilarity and freshness decays into a lazy reliance on shock effects and embarrassment laughs. When Ames manages to wrench his gaze from his navel (and other orifices) and connect with outside reality, his prose sparkles with offhand comic insights. Photos.
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Great collection of stories....so funny and demented. I love Ames. I think we can all relate on small level. Definitely worth a read.Published 11 months ago by BABSNY9023
Many of the short anecdotes are laugh out loud funny. Some are a bit sad. Overall, a great book.Published 12 months ago by Meg D.
This is the kind of read that made me choke... What I mean is that I couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard at some points. It's an incredible collection of painful joy! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert Galinsky
I'm a Jonathan Ames fan. I love his novels and his essays. The guy just flat-out cracks me up. I haven't read him in a while, so I really enjoyed this collection. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by Donald Capone
This book is a touching and hysterical collection that spans across a broad chunk of Ames' life as an artist and as a confused, exciteable, realistic man who always owns up to his... Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Cleighton
Ames' essays are filled with an honestly and sentimentality that makes him endearing and impossible to dislike. Read morePublished on July 23, 2006 by Boom