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Mentally Incontinent: That Time I Burned Down a Hooters, That Time My Stalker Crashed on My Couch, and Nine Other Stories from My Weird Life Paperback – Bargain Price, November 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592404820
  • ASIN: B00342VE3S
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

To determine seven of the 11 stories included in this blog-to-book collection, Atlanta artist and internet presence Peacock asked the fans of his website, mentallyincontinent.com, to vote for their favorites, "So if you hate one (or all) of them," he writes, "blame the voters." Readers will likely blame Peacock anyway. Giddily dark throughout, and with a proudly juvenile sensibility, one typical Peacock adventure finds him using a corporate expense account to buy an extravagant full back tattoo-"the largest individual symbol of my newfound sense of daring"-only for the tattoo artist to get hit by a bus, and die, after the first part of a multi-week process. Another finds him setting fire to his best friend's pants, while he's still in them, inside a moving vehicle (his dad's VW Vanagon). Though he moved enough copies of the self-published version to merit this mainstream publication, Peacock's Jackass-style antics fall flat on the page; one gets the feeling that, like many blogger-authors before him, Peacock is his own biggest fan.
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From Booklist

Peacock makes it clear up front: all of the stories in this rather weird book are the result of a collective editing and writing process that involved about 5,000 readers of his Web site, mentallyincontinent.com. So, while we can safely presume these tales of misadventure and weirdness are based on things that happened to Peacock, we should probably also presume that they might have been tweaked, or lightly fictionalized, for the purposes of comedy (or simply to protect the identities of the people involved). These are episodes from what must surely be one of the more un-charmed lives. Peacock strikes up a conversation with a woman on the phone, and she begins calling him at home and eventually comes to stay at his house (uninvited). Peacock gets roped into a blind date and discovers he has been paired up with a 15-year old girl (he’s 21 at the time). Peacock plays a harmless game (yeah, right) with matches and nearly burns down a Hooters restaurant. And so on. Told with good-natured humor—the guy really can’t believe this stuff keeps happening to him—the stories are a lot of fun, and will probably point readers in the direction of the author’s Web site, where all this craziness began. --David Pitt

More About the Author

See, I have no idea what to put as a biography. I write about myself, so obviously I think my history deserves at least two volumes of 250+ pages each. So I'll try to keep it short:

I dropped out of college my first year so I could design and build websites, since it paid way more than it deserved (in 1996, HTML could net you a real salary. Insane) and I hated sitting through English Lit classes that forced me to read books I read when I was 9 (Huck Finn? Really? In college? What the hell...). I'd tell coworkers or friends at parties all these retarded stories that happened in my life, and it was suggested I put them out on the internets, so I did that. And people started reading, for whatever reason.

In 2005, I self-published my first book, Mentally Incontinent, composed of those stories. The book contained the highest-voted stories from the site (the first "crowd-sourced" book, to my or anyone's knowledge). It sold some copies and got the attention of some great people who helped me put out my 2nd book, also called Mentally Incontinent (but with all new stories). The editors at Gotham / Penguin think it's nice, so you should buy it solely on that merit. Or, read the whole thing for free (as well as the first book) at http://www.mentallyincontinent.com.

Outside of writing, I still design and build websites, I play football (not this season, since I'm all authory right now), compete in MMA tournaments and stuff, collect anything based on Akira, write comic books that never get published, and can totally kick your rear in Tekken. I even have trophies. For Tekken, not MMA or football, since I suck at those.

Customer Reviews

Mentally incontinent is very amusing and fresh.
DBW
I had heard about his grass roots publishing enterprise and picked up his book without having read his website.
Jarret Myer
Joe's style is uniquely "guy next door" without being "creepy guy next door who stalks me."
Tonee A. Keating

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tonee A. Keating on November 4, 2009
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Joe's book is just..awesome. Weird stuff happens, and he has this excellent writing style that makes you feel like he's just another friend sharing a beer and a good time. I'm not just saying that because I have shared a beer and a good time with him, I'm saying it because it's true. Joe's style is uniquely "guy next door" without being "creepy guy next door who stalks me."

A good laugh, and a bit of sympathy for the poor guy are in store for anyone who reads this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rry007 on March 22, 2010
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I read this book on a whim just because the title, Mentally Incontinent, aptly describes me. Only Joe has much much better stories. And is a master storyteller. Not only does weird, crazy things happen to him, but the way he retaliates is humorous (the Wal-Mart story). All the stories are funny, but I think the one about Hooters definitely takes the cake. The book itself is short, so I encourage everyone to read it and laugh out loud.
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I know Joe from working on the Internet. I had heard about his grass roots publishing enterprise and picked up his book without having read his website. I am glad I did. Joe wants to entertain you with his life anecdotes and in the process he does something even the most seasoned writers cannot; he completely throws out his inhibitions just so we can laugh and be entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misty L. Rosenbaum on November 11, 2009
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Wanting to support a fellow Farker I purchased Joe's book. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect. If it stunk, well, I could burn it during the Winter to heat the house.

What I found was that Mentally Incontinent was my guilty pleasure. I laughed, I cried, and I may have fapped furiously. Great work Joe - I hope to see another book in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hemsath on December 3, 2009
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Joe has a great writing style that makes you feel as though you're in the same room having a cup of coffee with him while he is telling you his stories. And these are some great stories to hear, although you might want to skip the coffee because there are quite a few moments where you might actually spit it out from laughing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on January 8, 2011
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I read this book in one sitting in between a crazy jumping/barking/fetching/chewing large breed dog and a wild two year old.. trying to clean my house and prepare dinner. It was that good. Thanks for pulling me in, Joe. Can't wait for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DBW on December 11, 2009
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Mentally incontinent is very amusing and fresh. I found myself getting very involved in the antics of this young man and I cannot wait for the next book.
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