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But Enough About You: Essays Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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[O]ne of the funniest and most insightful writers in America... The word I wrote most often in my notes as I read the book was 'hilarious.' (Book Reporter)
Witty and irreverent. (Washington Independent Review of Books)
Prone to benign mischief, a literary twinkle in the eye, Buckley nails his targets.... (Kirkus Reviews)
[Buckley] excels in parodies of newspaper corrections, travel tips for small-aircraft passengers, and the comedic dystopia of an imagined inaugural speech from President Donald Trump. (Publishers Weekly)
A geyser of comedy for three decades. (USA Today)
This collection of Buckley’s essays perfectly showcases and draws upon his many writerly voices… these are among his very best efforts…His thoughts are pithy, trenchant, and perspicacious, and for all that, his essays are seasoned with a light dusting of self-deprecation, the secret to this book’s exceptional charm…sublimely addicting. (Booklist)
Even with more than 450 pages and almost 100 essays, you’ll want more of Buckley’s astute observations of the human condition that will make you chuckle, laugh loudly or seriously consider the points made throughout the book. Read it straight through from beginning to end, or just pick it up at any point and you’ll discover what clever and invigorating writing can do for your spirit. (Acadiana Lifestyle)
Enormously readable. (Buffalo News)
The great thing about But Enough About You is that if one essay is not to your liking, surely the next one will suit you. Buckley has had such a wide range of experiences in his travels, writing career, political experience, and his circle of friends that it seems he has no end of interesting anecdotes. His life is more interesting than most, and he writes movingly and brilliantly about it… You just have to admire a writer who is as comfortable writing about a visit to Auschwitz or a tribute to Joseph Heller as he is writing about his incompetence as a ski instructor for his 7-year-old son, or a fake questionnaire for vice presidential candidates. (Reading Glutton)
[Buckley is] an esteemed humorist, traveler, and an irreverent historian. He is extremely gifted and as one goes from essay to essay, one is treated to reading his insights, friends such as authors Joseph Heller and Christopher Hitchens, dinner at the Reagan White House, flying a Cessna through Alaskan mountains, working aboard a freighter, gardening, and other topics galore… Reading Buckley, for aspiring writers, is a lesson in how to observe life and write about it in a superb fashion. (Bookviews)
I encourage you to pick up a copy of But Enough About You, if only to learn how an explosive device became a chew-toy for the First Pooch and why there is a chapter called ‘You Thieving Pile of Albino Warts.’ (Fiction Reboot)
The collection reminds us, if we need reminding, that Buckley can be seriously funny. (The Oregonian)
Buckley is consistently funny, witty, and smart. His prose entertains and informs, as he sprinkles witty bon-mots throughout. (MarkMyWords.blogspot.com)
But Enough About You is worthy of attention on several fronts, but particularly in its humor and in the affection of its portraits of certain authors. (Smoky Mountain News)
Top Customer Reviews
The essays and articles herein run the gamut, include travel pieces, reviews and criticism, memoir, and goofy stuff he must have written just because he thought it would be fun. In the latter category, we find histories of the bug zapper, hotel alarm clock, hotel minibar, and the lobster bib, among other things. These pieces are intelligently funny, but got a bit tiresome. They were my least favorite part of the book, yet I know I would have appreciated them much more in the original context, as the silly humor piece in an otherwise straightforward magazine.
OK, I'm done being critical. This really is a great collection of essays. The great thing about But Enough About You is that if one essay is not to your liking, surely the next one will suit you. Buckley has had such a wide range of experiences, in his travels, writing career, political experience, and his circle of friends, that it seems he has no end of interesting anecdotes. His life is more interesting than most, and he writes movingly and brilliantly about it. (And, I would add, humbly. Even though he moves in elite circles, he does not come across as elitist.Read more ›
Buckley had already figured it out when he wrote his first novel, THE WHITE HOUSE MESS, and, for 30 years, has been one of the funniest and most insightful writers in America. He is best known for his novels, but the 89 essays in this collection show his skills in the short form.
The essays have been grouped into nine categories. The first, “But Enough About You,” are all about him: the time he spent after boarding school as a “deck boy aboard a Norwegian tramp freighter,” where his job was “to prevent the stevedores from stealing, a function I performed with spectacular lack of efficiency;" the surprise of discovering that someone had paper-clipped top-secret nuclear launch procedures to the back of a speech he had written for his boss, Vice-President Bush. The “But Seriously” section contains some of his more outlandish comic pieces, including fake Supreme Court decisions and “A Short History of the Bug Zapper,” which describes a nitroglycerin-based product that, in addition to zapping the bugs, “blows up a lieutenant colonel and two brevet majors who mistakenly dip their spoons into it, seeking to sweeten their coffee.Read more ›
Although I have not read all the essays yet, I just had to alert readers to pick up this wise and thoughtful and hilariously funny book. The patrons at the breakfast place the other day must have thought I was going bonkers because I was laughing loudly while reading Buckley’s essay about the Amtrak Acela train’s quiet car. That essay was especially meaningful to me because I used to take that train quite a bit, and I had the same sinister feelings he had.
Get this book. It will make you laugh uproariously and it will also make you think. But take my advice and don’t read it in a restaurant. That’s all I have to say because I must get back to reading the next essay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic -- Christopher Buckley could possibly be the most marvelous writer the century -- he is intelligent and funny at the same time -- it's difficult to pick up another author... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Kaye
My wife gave me this book for Christmas. I read the introduction and the first chapter and that was enough for me.Published 5 months ago by Neil W. Crenshaw
What can I say, I love Christopher, there isn't any book of his that I have read that I haven't enjoyed immensely.Published 5 months ago by LILY
A collection of previously published articles and columns. Occasionally laugh out loud funny, frequently amusing, usually interesting, occasionally not so much. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read ALL books Christopher Buckley wrote. He is a master of literary comedy. Buy the book, buy all his books!Published 9 months ago by Mr. Merrimack
Funny in parts, but sometimes too self-consciously clever for its own good.Published 9 months ago by Chris