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Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters Paperback – March 5, 2002
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As for the words that are printed on the pages that lie beneath the Head of Mike Nelson, well, they're pretty funny too (especially the order that he puts some of them in). The essays collected here are a fairly random group of observations on everyday life. They're vaguely ordered into a loose grouping of nine categories, but he rarely feels the need to be bound by them. The book is a free-flowing river of comedy that runs in many different directions, sometimes at the same time.
Nelson really has a gift for coming up with hilarious turns of phrase. He has a wonderful way of describing even the most mundane of everyday tasks in a wickedly amusing manner. Make no mistake; this is no simple Seinfeldian "Did you ever notice...?" type of humor, but rather stretching the commonplace until it you see it through Mike's skewed and offbeat point-of-view.Read more ›
Nelson cut his teeth ripping apart films in the cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000, where he served as co-producer, head writer and star. With such a pedigree, it was hardly surprising to see him stretch his wings as a full-fledged (and funny) film critic in "Movie Mega-Cheese", his first book. "Cheese" was an immensely funny read that -- despite overwhelmingly good reviews from book and film critics alike -- was largely disregarded outside of Nelson's Mystery Science Theater 3000 cult following.
In his follow-up "Mind Over Matters", Nelson strays from the comfortable arena of humorous movie criticism he mined in "Mega-Cheese", opting instead for the more adventurous medium of observational biography (a la David Sedaris or David Rakoff). Unlike "Mega-Cheese", "Mind Over Matters" doesn't limit itself to the discussion of bad films. Readers will find a collection of essays with topics ranging from consumerism to family matters. Not just for film geeks anymore, Nelson's comedic style should be immediately accessible to any fan of the comedic essay form.
As an overall read, "Matters" is a mixed but promising book. At his best, Michael J. Nelson is a caustically funny writer with a deadly sharp wit. On many occasions I found myself laughing until tears streamed down my face, so much did I enjoy a particularly hilarious turn of phrase or tongue-in-cheek description. Nelson has a flair for the art of the diminutive and unequivocal put-down, and can get you laughing through the lengths he will cross to convince you of the worthlessness of an event or thing.Read more ›
The book is organized into nine sections. In Part One, Coping With It All, Nelson describes seemingly mundane events and activities that somehow become incidents of high strangeness: shopping trips, hotel stays, trips to a health club brimming with old wrinkled men who seem to enjoy showcasing their frightening nakedness in a locker room setting. In Part Two, But Is It Art? he address topics such as movie-going and watching television; the real gem here is a fairly lengthy recounting of his own experiences in musical theatre. Part Three, This Modern World, returns to the subject of modern life and such issues as computer security, annoying morning radio shows, and weird news reports. He steps outside for a breath of fresh air in Part Four, The Great Outdoors, the pinnacle of which is his well-stated condemnation of leaf blowers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny and entertaining light reading. Have read through it several times. Wish Mike would write another book like this!Published 1 month ago by David Jurgens
Mike Nelson is a FUNNY MAN. I love this book because its his David Sedaris moment, where he lets loose on observations and personal narratives from his past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by VG Clark
Have read this book countless times over the years and stifle giggle out loud frequently. My go-to book when I've had a crappy day. Love you Mike Nelson!!!!!Published 13 months ago by Krisa Stroot
For MST or Rifftrax fans, this is a must. Mike Nelson has a truly delightful, biting wit, and it comes across beautifully in this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mistress Eva
Having just got back from a Rifftrax Live event, I decided to revisit some of Mike Nelson's most unadulterated comedic output. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve V.
Mike Nelson is awesome; I've always known this. What I hadn't known until I got this book, was that he is an amazingly funny in print too! Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Peter K Hasty