4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A free whellin' excursion into Maher's basal ganglia,
This review is from: The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass (Hardcover)Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.
I was given New Rules by Bill Maher as a gift, and it led me to The New New Rules for the same reasons I liked his first book. Just as he is on his HBO show, "Real Time" (which I do not watch), he is an entertainer par excellence. (I would watch his television show if I subscribed to HBO.) --Larry King loved him as a guest and had him on frequently (he even hosted King's show), and MSNBC often has him on as a guest as well.
New Rule: DO NOT read Bill Maher unless you are prepared for a frank, open, no-holds-barred, free-wheelin' excursion into a basal ganglia that is replete with connective tissue -- connected to history, politics, entertainment, current events, Hollywood, psychology, technology, bureaucracy, the gay community, philosophy, gender, California, and religion -- all woven together with a tight weave, inter-related, and co-mingled with enormous doses of humor, irony, wit, and sarcasm, and anchored in a reality that is easy to understand, honest, accurate, and sometimes totally absurd. Just be prepared for a very good time!
What was odd for me was that I had exactly the same reaction to this book as I had to HOW TO BE FUNNY ON PURPOSE: CREATING AND CONSUMING HUMOR by Edgar E. Willis. That is, I began writing my own "New Rules" just as I had begun writing new jokes with Willis's expert, clear, specific, and vivid instructions. Just as Willis was truly motivating, Maher was incredibly stimulating -- just not in the same way.
Although I loved Maher's approach, and the book is really a very quick read, I wonder if it all couldn't be done without the foul language and the numerous references to masturbation (makes me think Maher may have some difficulties in that area!)? Oh, I know, I know, you take out all the off-color language and those references to pleasuring oneself and it wouldn't be Bill Maher! Okay, you win -- actually, everybody who reads this book wins!