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Attempting Normal Hardcover – April 30, 2013
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Praise for Attempting Normal
“I laughed so hard reading this book.”—David Sedaris
“Funny . . . surprisingly deep . . . laced with revelatory insights.”—Los Angeles Times
“Superb . . . A reason that [it] is a superior example of an overcrowded genre—the comedian memoir—is Mr. Maron’s hardheaded approach to his history, the wisdom of experience.”—The New York Times
“Marc Maron is a legend because he is both a great comic and a brilliant mind. Attempting Normal is a deep, hilarious megashot of feeling and truth as only this man can administer.”—Sam Lipsyte
Praise for Marc Maron and WTF
“The stuff of comedy legend.”—Rolling Stone
“Marc Maron is a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet. Truly one of the greatest of all time.”—Louis C.K.
“I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny.”—David Cross
“Revered among his peers . . . raw and unflinchingly honest.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Devastatingly funny.”—Los Angeles Times
“For a comedy nerd, this show is nirvana.”—Judd Apatow
About the Author
Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. He has appeared in his own comedy specials on Comedy Central, HBO, and Netflix, and his sitcom, Maron, airs on IFC. He lives in Los Angeles.
Top customer reviews
He has a way of being sincerely self-effacing (sometimes this borders on self-hate) while simultaneously egotistical, yet underneath everything he comes across as a relatable guy who's dealing with a lot of the same stuff most of us are, and just trying to handle it a little better each day. I was initially a little put off by Maron's own hard-edged, fast-talking, frenetic reading of the Audible audiobook, but I got over it pretty quickly. That's just who Maron is, and he's not afraid to reveal it to anyone interested enough to listen.
Not in the usual 'laugh out load' way but more but more like the free form flow of jazz - a lot of adventurous, unexpected turns that aren't only funny, but also philosophically profound. I've highlighted the hell out of 'Attempting Normal' The rise of the philosopher/comic.
Another great thing about Marc is that he adheres to a strict policy of truth-telling and bulls*** avoidance as he deconstructs his life through words 'Self-obsessed', 'neurotic' and 'anger issues' are descriptors that come to mind. Obviously, this hasn't always been good for his career, but it sure makes for a hell of a book and one of the only podcasts that actually qualifies as essential listening. One of the best interviewers out there.