"Nathan Rabin's My Year of Flops
is like watching a genius nurse a score of frightened, wounded baby birds back to life--a superhuman level of care and compassion lavished on That Which Never Had A Right To Exist. Truly brilliant."
—Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
"Nathan Rabin is all-knowing (without being smarmy), open-and kind-hearted (without being sappy), and he'll make you laugh on every page. You can't have a better friend sitting next to you as you watch these glorious atrocities."
—Mike Sacks, author of And Here’s the Kicker
and SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk
“Jon Krakauer's writing is beyond vivid. You FEEL the cold of Everest as your read his words. Into Thin Air
is a harrowing journey, well worth your time. I’ve also heard great things about Nathan Rabin's My Year of Flops
"Nathan Rabin's book is funnier than John Travolta's facial hair in Battlefield Earth
. He's a brave man for undertaking this dangerous mission and returning alive with a highly entertaining tale."
--A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
About the Author
From the faceless corporation behind The Onion
comes My Year of Flops, A.V Club
Head Writer Nathan Rabin's hilarious and insightful exploration of the strange world of cinematic fiascos.
In January 2007 Rabin began a curious project for A.V Club, the entertainment section of satirical newspaper and website The Onion: he set out to provide a revisionist look at the history of failed films. What began as a solitary ramble through some of the more bizarre corners of pop culture quickly developed a cult following.
My Year of Flops collects dozens of the best-loved entries from the column along with loads of bonus features. These include interviews with talent from the films chronicled, a new introduction and postscript, illustrations by Danny Hellman, fifteen new entries on everything from notorious flops like The Cable Guy and The Last Action Hero to bizarre obscurities like Gospel Road, Johnny Cash's homemade tribute to Jesus. But that's not all: because your pain is his pleasure, Rabin had written a minute-by-minute account of the three hour long director's cut of Waterworld. Driven by a unique combination of sympathy and Schadenfreude, My Year of Flops is an unforgettable tribute to cinematic losers, beautiful and otherwise.
Praise for The Big Rewind
"Packed like a cannon full of caustic wit and bruised feelings"--The New York Times
"With his uncanny grasp of the cultural zeitgeist, Rabin could unseat Chuck Klosterman as the slacker generation's vital critical voice."--Heeb Magazine
The A.V Club was founded in 1995 as the arts-and-entertainment arm of satirical institution The Onion. In recent years, A.V Club's web presence has become huge, attracting over a million and a half unique users per month. Nathan Rabin has long been A.V Club's Head Writer. In 2009 Scribner published his memoir, The Big Rewind, to great acclaim.