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In this collection of essays, musings, and drawings, Comedy Central host Martin (Important Things with Demetri Martin) gently skewers contemporary social trends, conventions, and insecurities, taking on topics from social hotlines to family and relationships. With a gift for describing awkward situations, Martin challenges readers to recognize the human need for connection and recognition. The theme is seen in a panel in which a limousine displaying two flags on its hood is labeled "important"; another displaying seven flags is "very important." He also answers the big questions with essays like "Who I Am" in which he declares: "I am bravery. I am courage. I am valor. I am daring. I am holding a thesaurus." Throughout, Martin jokes in many guises, silly one moment, barbed the next, and he achieves a satirical brilliance that moves easily among surprising topics, like philosophy, to easy targets, like healthy lifestyles. (Apr.)
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Embodies the essence of Demetri's comedy to perfection, which is a good thing since he wrote it. Silly but incredibly smart -- Will Ferrell When I first saw Important Things With Demetri Martin, I said to myself, "this is the funniest thing ever." I was wrong. This Is A Book is better -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of 'Outliers' This Is a Probability. If you like random, short-attention-span riffs built on pithy comic premises, Martin's your man. If you delight in writing that deconstructs comedy even while constructing it, his self-aware style will appeal. And if you relish literary humor, "This Is a Book" is a book for you. ... Because Martin's literary quickies are so consistently clever - and his occasional longer pieces are engaging change-ups - we can conclude that the reader who fancies this brand of wry absurdism and playful labeling will be absolutely entertained from The Front to The Back. -- Michael Cavna Washington Post Range[s] from the straightforwardly daft - like the killing of a bee told from various different perspectives...to rather beautiful tales, like the account of a man who falls in and out of love with a ghost... like the best of Woody Allen...sure to delight -- James Kettle Guardian A mix of the inspired and the absurd, with an undercurrent of surrealism that still manages to resonate as sincere...One of the most acclaimed and beloved comedians in the US -- Davin O'Dwyer Irish Times

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  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00A19TWF4
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y17PM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is one of the most brilliant, intelligent, and hilarious books I've read in a while. It shows Demetri's myriad creative talents. This is not something to read if you're just looking for a quick, cheap laugh. This makes you think and put the pieces together at times. The palindromes along with the massive poem were astounding. His art and drawings made me laugh each time.

Fans may be caught off guard by some material in here. Don't think of it like a comedy standup; it's a book of creative writing and comic musings of different ideas spanning a myriad of eras from the past to future. Some of them are only one line, others are stories that take several pages. Some may even take the form of a short play!

It's uplifting, funny, even dramatic and thought-provoking. It's not your standard comedy book. It's something fresh and different, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
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If you stumbled across this book, is because you probably have seen Demetri's show before. I'm not much of a book worm to tell you the truth, but I already read a bit more past the half and let me tell you I'm not dissapointed. Demetri always finds ways to make you think, you really have to have an open mind to understand many of his jokes. Only 3 days with it and nearly done with, I just wished it didn't end, every story, a few sentences, and every drawing brings a laugh or a smile.
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Demetri Martin is a hilarious comic, musician and artist. We all know that. But who knew Martin was such a wonderful essayist? These essays could all be in the New Yorker-- they're that sharp and witty. This is a collection I feel like giving to every guy I know. Funny, funny.
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Comedian Demetri Martin's book is a weird collection of one-line jokes, cartoons, and strange (almost surreal) short stories. It's funny, in a kind of existential way. There really aren't any punchlines and the humor is, at times, so subtle that it can pass you right by. However, it is clever, witty, and most of all, highly entertaining.

When you laugh at Martin's jokes, you instantly feel superior to everyone else who didn't laugh at them because those people, obviously, just aren't as smart or precocious as you and therefore don't understand the humor. And you, of course, can't explain why you're laughing because if you did, it would spoil it.

Martin's one-liners are the kinds of things you wish you were clever enough to post as your FaceBook status updates because they would make you seem so cool and thoughtful. As it is, if you read the book, you'll probably just use his ideas on your FB page because it's not like he's your friend or anything and so won't be checking up on you.

So just read it. It's funny.
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If you're a fan of his comedy, you'll love this book. When I'm reading it in public its difficult not to laugh out loud at some parts.
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I have been a fan of Demetri Martin for years, starting when I saw his cable special "Person." Martin is clearly intelligent, keenly observant, and is able to twist everyday reality into strange shapes that are both delightful and unexpected. He targets ridiculous trends in society, frequently singling out self-important buffoons and sports fans for hilarious lampooning. The book contains a wide variety of writing styles and jumps rapidly between subjects and genres. I love his sketches and graphs; they generally don't illustrate anything we didn't already know, but like cartoons from Gary Larson or "The New Yorker," they manage to elegantly make their points sharply from a peculiar vantage point.

While I would argue that it's not a good thing to kill a cat with a yo-yo, Martin's other skills are well used here, although I wish his penchant for musical comedy could be adequately conveyed in print. I generally liked the shorter pieces better, probably because they most closely resemble his act, which is one of the best in modern comedy. I loved his lists of statistics ("It is safer to fly in a plane than it is to fly in a car.") and the more surreal pieces of comedy, e.g. "Confessions of a White Guy With Dreadlocks," and especially "Products" ("Enjoy Mint Melee tea at home near your bathroom. We mean it.") I was especially entertained by the chapter "Epigrams, Fragments, and Light Verse" which largely features brief prose and poetry in free and blank verse. I was probably most entertained by "What a cruel, ironic, little joke / Nature has played on man / By making the dumbest people the loudest ones / I'm talking to you sports fan.
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this book was so hilarious, it's definitely an odd book but really funny if you have the right sense of humor, i was laughing out loud at some of the stories in it, it's worth the read if you're looking for something entertaining
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This Is a Book is my new favorite book. Witty, charming, and downright hilarious, This Is a Book is a great read for anyone who wants humor and seriousness in equal doses. While reading, the humor will make you LOL but the topics will make you remember long after you put the book down. I highly recommend This Is a Book!!!
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