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Common Nonsense Paperback – October 16, 2003
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I suggest reading this book over an extended period of time. Don't try to read it all in one weekend. He deals with some fascinating ideas that should be given appropriate time for reflection. I would read about ten pages per day, and in those essays, I would find two or three that would stay with me for a while. His greatest quality is his truly independent voice. I find it refreshing that his pieces on popularly discussed issues aren't littered with the same jargon and tired old arguments that are found in works by most pundits.
One last thing...I keep hearing people refer to Andy as grumpy and cantankerous. If I find myself intrigued and persuaded by many of his essays, does that make me grumpy as well?
I am approaching that age where it appears that all the wrappers, pop tops, cans, bottles, zippers, buttons and more are conspiring to forever keep me from opening them, so I related very much to Mr. Rooney's plight.
I am also very sensitive to noise. One of the best quotes to come out Andy Rooney's mind is this: "Everything is too loud."
For someone who is overly sensitive to loud sounds, I can relate to this.
Another good quote, of which I am in complete agreement, is the one "Commercial bread in the USA is the worst in the world."
Well, there might be a country with worse, like, like,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh well.
The trip to upstate New York and the consequent search for eye wear leads one to believe that all opticians (the first line of defense when you are up against the barricade known as modern eye wear) are crooks. It is an essay that delves into the dark world of false advertising, which is pretty false when it comes to seeing.
There is the "optician," the "optometrist," and the "opthomalogist." Only the latter can one truly call an "eye doctor.Read more ›
"Common Nonsense" is a collection of very short essays about nearly everything in life you could think of. Sports, politics, hobbies, food-- you name it, it's covered. Although he does repeat himself occassionally, the book is very facsinating to read. When I finished, I felt that I had just read a roadmap of life-- Mr. Rooney packs in 83 years of wisdom. Most everything that he writes just makes so much sense.
This is a fun book to read. The essays are short enough that you can read as many or as few as you want. He doesn't try to flaunt his writing skills with long, verbose words. When I read I felt like I was getting a couple hundred pages of pure, down-to-Earth honesty.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about life.
It simply tells, from Andy's point of view, all the goofy things that are going on in this country and the world. He is on target for most of it. It's sort of like getting in to a discussion at the local coffee shop with a friend - you can agree or disagree with his observations. Of course I don't know a lot about a lot of the statistics he throws around but that doesn't really matter, he gets his point across.
It certainly gives a person a lot to think about and decide whether you agree with his point of view or not.
If you can't find anything, controversial or interesting in this book you are not very interested in what is happening on federal, state or local level or for that matter in your own life.
What I found most interesting is all the stuff he brings up that are part of every day life and no one even thinks twice about.
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it's easy and fun to read! I would definitely recommend it for people to have an copy in their homePublished on February 5, 2013 by jennifer
When Andy Rooney passed away the world lost a very good writer. This "collection" is a series of loosely affiliated comments on a very wide range of topics. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Reg Nordman
I first seen Andy Rooney's book 'Years of Minutes' while using a facility at a friend's house and was extremely interested. So I orderered this book. Very Good Stuff!Published on September 12, 2010 by Mark
I'll keep it short. I used to love listening to Andy Rooney on Sixty Minutes, even as a kid. He seemed so down to earth and much like myself. Read morePublished on November 25, 2007 by Bryan K. Bailey
I love Rooney. His appearance on 60 minutes+ is like a delicious dessert as the final course of a truly good meal, or wine in French dining, simply indispensable. Read morePublished on April 27, 2007 by ServantofGod