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Not That You Asked... Paperback – May 1, 1990
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After Andy Rooney died in November 2011, I was compelled to pick up a copy of NOT THAT YOU ASKED found on the book exchange shelf of the local Y since I'd always enjoyed his weekly commentary ending "60 Minutes."
In this volume, Rooney opines about Changes, Nuisances, Problems, Truths, Dilemmas, Habits and Occupations, People, Places, Animals and Pets, Houses, Holidays and Vacations, and Pleasures. First published in 1989, it is, of course, dated, but the underlying truths remain as topical as ever.
In NOT THAT YOU ASKED, Andy's views run the continuum from an insightful perspicacity to a curmudgeonly grumpiness, the latter seeming to predominate as the volume progressed. Perhaps a collection of written commentaries such as this is best absorbed at multiple, short sittings - much like a bathroom reader. Otherwise, it may become slightly tiresome like an overly long sermon.
For me, Rooney's value to the general public was that he took the time to lucidly and wittily skewer the absurdities that vex the daily lives of America's Average Persons. He will be missed by us Average Joes.
Just as Hal Holbrook has become famous for his live stage performances as Mark Twain, perhaps one day some clever actor will make a name for himself presenting "An Evening with Andy Rooney." I think it could work.
His writing style is original; his phraseology is timed with the precision of a great vaudeville monologist like a Jack Benny or George Burns. But that was before "Political" humour really took over. So, in a way, Rooney a kind of kinder-gentler, TV General Audience Lenny Bruce for the '80s. Or a later day kinescopic Will Rogers?
This book is crammed with the kind of quotable quotes which come from an American *original* and which sustain us on that miserable Monday at work (following a 40 minute late arrival at work, greeted by that glaring, knowing nod from the creature at the end of the hallway who decides folks' employability).
As a Period piece, Not That You Asked has its' share of dated bits and pieces: how come the bride gets the newspaper coverage, not the groom? (Not that there's anything wrong with it) but what guy wants his kisser out there?. I daresay Rooney would be the last - although apparently he agreed to have his visage on the cover of this book; he also asks the question, is the Creator of the Cosmos a member of the Republican Party? By now, after watching "Hannity & Colmes" at least once, a reader might say, that question is a tad tired. (Although, the Creator can do anything He/She wants).
Another slightly played-out theme is Where I would take Gorbachev if I had the chance to hang out with him for 24 hours? - I'd show him all the Culture and History that goes with Freedom. Well, of course, these writings came before the Wall came down, and the Internet went up.
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I always loved listening to Andy on 60 minutes as he was so funny and said a lot of things that were true and worked.Published on July 14, 2014 by Ruth Pauline Green
easy and fun to read ! I would definitely recommend it for people to have a copy in their homePublished on February 5, 2013 by jennifer