Thanks for sharing your humor with the masses that will make me look like a lunatic on the train, or maybe even while I'm driving...or doing surgery. It just seems time that the funniest person alive writes a book, too.
Agreed, the funniest person on the face of the Earth, ever. When my wife and I were dating, the fact that we both felt Lost in America was one of the funniest movies ever, sealed the deal. A true auteurist in film, now a futurist in print. Albert Brooks for President!
Albert Brooks is a binary--either you get him, or you don't. For those of us who fall into the former category, this book is simply a wonderful, read-it-in-one-sitting treat. To put it differently, imagine a David McCullough book that could be a read-in-one-sitting treat: this is comparable to that impossible to achieve feat. Indeed, Thank You Albert!
I respectfully disagree. I "get" Albert Brooks and love his movies... I've seen Defending Your Life, Lost in America, Modern Romance numerous times and always enjoy them. This book, however, was not funny, and I don't think he was even attempting to be funny. Which wouldn't itself be a problem - I don't mind comedians trying to do something serious once in a while - if it weren't so badly executed. I found the writing pedestrian, the dialogue completely unrealistic and exposition-driven, and the characters one-dimensional and uninteresting. A tremendous disappointment... and believe me, I wanted to love it.
Dear Albert; Your Distopian view is well presented and entertaining to read. It serves well as a critique of what's happening and how you feel about the issues of the day.. Fair enough. I take issue with your belief in the power and abilities of China. They have a more serious demographic problem than we do. You have ignored that very important fact. Immigration makes up for our low fertility rate and they don't allow it. What will date your book is your over inflated view of China. We will have plenty of evidence to prove that they do not do it better.