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Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me Hardcover – February 4, 2008
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Amazon Best of the Month, February 2008: New York magazine knew what they were talking about when they said, "If you've laughed in the last ten years, Ben Karlin was responsible." The latest project of this former senior editor of The Onion, former executive producer of both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, and co-author and co-editor of America (The Book) collects 212 pages of semi-insightful and mostly hilarious life lessons from a lineup of writers and comedians in a book with the best title so far this year, Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me. Ben's own mom kicks things off with "I Think My Son Is a Catch," but read on to enjoy contributions from Andy Richter ("Girls Don't Make Passes at Boys with Fat Asses"), Stephen Colbert ("The Heart Is a Choking Hazard"), Jason Nash ("Don't Enter a Karaoke Contest Near Smith College; You Will Lose to Lesbians"), Dan Savage ("I Am a Gay Man"), and David Rees ("Get Dumped Before It Matters"). Filled with High Fidelity-style insight into the inner workings of the modern male mind, this is an anthology for readers of all genders, no matter their relationship status. --Brad Thomas Parsons
Our Moment with Ben
Ben Karlin is a man who holds a virtual PhD in Modern American Comedy. Karlin's career kicked off as the editor of The Onion and he is the former executive producer of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and co-creator and former executive producer of The Colbert Report. He was also a co-author and co-editor of the bestselling America (The Book) and his latest project takes him back to the book world as the editor of the anthology Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me, 212 pages of semi-insightful and mostly hilarious life lessons from a lineup of writers and comedians. Amazon.com senior editor Brad Thomas Parsons caught up with Karlin to talk about his new book, the writers' strike, the serious job of writing comedy, and what makes him laugh (hint: it isn't America's Funniest Home Videos). You can read the complete interview or listen to the podcast on Amazon Wire.
From Publishers Weekly
Karlin, coauthor of Jon Stewart's America, establishes that if there is one thing men have in common, it is their lack of understanding and the misguided information they have acquired about women. With miniessays from famous comedians and writers, including Nick Hornby, Stephen Colbert and Bruce Jay Friedman, this book is organized into short chapters of truth, testimonies and realizations about the women that got away and, sadly, the women that they never had to begin with. Some of the essays offer advice, such as Bob Odenkirk's bitter nine-year plan, where he discusses why nine years is the perfect amount of time to be in a bad relationship (by year nine you [had] tried everything, including depression and deep boredom). Some of the men's experiences proved to be valuable lessons such as Dan Savage's essay I Am a Gay Man, where he finds that women can be detestable, and learns that he doesn't have to fake being straight or join the priesthood and can instead just be a gay man; or Patton Oswalt's realization that his crazy, stripper ex-girlfriend helped him appreciate his wife. Whether the men pathetically recall their failed dating attempts or are celebrating their record number of dumps as learned experiences, these witty, comical approaches to being dumped are sure to entertain anyone who has entered the world of dating. (Feb.)
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Each of these stories offer something great, be it charm, sweetness, absurdity, relatability, sympathy, etc. Most are hilarious, and ALL are very entertaining.
This book is VERY good, I highly recommend it. Also, being a book of short stories/essays, it is very easy to pick up for either 5 minutes at a time, or to read cover to cover, making it an especially good book for a trip of any kind.
It might just be situational disposition, but this book does a great job of cheering my up and making me think all at the same time.
One of my favorite things about the book is the variety of reasons for breakups sampled. Everything from sex to cats.
This quickly became therapy and I recommend it to my recently dumped buddies all the time.