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The Fried Twinkie Manifesto: and other tales of disaster and damnation Paperback – May 31, 2011
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It's always a mistake to have expectations. These stories simply weren't all laugh-out-loud funny. But because I was set-up to think that they were, I spent the greater part of the first half of the book not appreciating them for what they are: quirky, witty, insightful, and, at times, soulful.
As I read the essays out loud to my husband on our recent road trip, we did find a similarity between Moehring and Klosterman: he's offensive. I did anticipate a grimace here or there at foul language and vulgar references; but certain chapters, for instance, the section on failed prenuptial rules, made even my husband (who, like most young men can appreciate the truly off-color) shake his head.
In the category of humor, if you're not dirty you're not funny. I don't understand it, but I am aware that it's the standard. But Moehring takes his offenses beyond vulgarity. Displeased with his so-called "white trash" and religious upbringing, he rags on his family and experiences so hard that it made me wonder if the main motive of the books wasn't just to piss-off his parents. Really, the over-the-top rants bear the appearance of someone trying so hard to convince you of something that they end up trying too hard for you to believe it.
Moehring is a talented writer. He seems to understand writing, knows how to create a scene, and can recount events concisely and with clarity. Because he has a handle on all this, I did enjoy parts of his book. A lot of insights did draw a chuckle; and the more serious parts really made me think. His vulnerability and willingness to share the good and the bad do make him relatable-though at some points I felt I learned a little bit more about him than I should ever like to know.
Moehring told me that he is working on a new book already, and I am eager to see what comes from this new author. I hope with his next book, he embraces what he truly is-a poised, observant, and serious writer-and that he does so with the charisma and discipline to create a new collection that captures that.
The stories range from short, humorous vignettes to full-blown narratives that challenge assumptions and resonate emotionally while managing to never being didactic or preachy. Also many of the stories are quite funny. Think Bill Bryson, but edgier.
A very good mix of philosophy, religion, humor, and the occasional use of recreational drugs. Definitely a page-turner!
I came to this author via a long distance phone call from a hysterical friend. At first I thought her son had died or something worse. Then I realized she wasn't crying, she was laughing. When she finally gasped out that it was a book she was reading, my frustration reached maximum capacity when she couldn't articulate words to describe what she had read. I got the book as this is probably the best recommendation literature can get; one friend communicating in laughter with another.
As always my thanks go to the writer who can convey images so clearly as to be able to rupture a funny bone.