We’re now 6 months into this little endeavor. Or, in the parlance of the project, 5,350 pages. That’s 15 books through half a year. That’s not bad.
This month, I tackled one famous comedian and two famous titles.
(Who’s that little girl? How did she get in here?)
The Will To Whatevs by Eugene Mirman- 240 pages
Eugene Mirmen is funny on twitter. He’s funny when he does things like taking out an ad in the paper to bad mouth Time Warner Cable for missing his scheduled appointment. He once gave an excellent commencement speech at his alma mater. He’s amazing on Bob’s Burgers. So, even though I think his stand up is pretty hit or miss, I decided his book would make me laugh. I started reading it on a Thursday. I was a little dissapointed with it at first. Then I watched Bob’s Burgers that Sunday night and realized why I wasn’t enjoying the book as much as I expected. I had to read it with Eugene Mirman’s ridiculous voice in my head. That completely turned the experience around.
The Breaks of The Game by David Halberstam-416 pages
I’ve been hearing about this book for years. Bill Simmons has said it’s the book that made him want to be a writer. Jack McCallum recently called it the greatest sports book of all time. But, going in, I didn’t really know much about the actual story, other than the fact that it followed the Blazers in the late 70’s. So, if nothing else, I figured I would get some great Bill Walton stories. Whoops. The book focuses on the 79-80 season, otherwise known as the year after Walton left Portland for the Clippers. So, while you get some Walton stories, it’s not what I expected. I was also surprised by how large a factor race still was in the NBA in 1979 and 1980.
Portnoys Complaint by Philip Roth- 289 pages
FILTHIEST. BOOK. EVER. Listen, I use the c-word more than any educated person should. And I’m not shocked by much. But, holy shit, it’s every other word. I read Phillip Roth because i feel like everyone is supposed to read Phillip Roth at some point in their life. I knew that Portnoy’s Complaint was famous for having some weird stuff about masturbation but I had no idea that it’s what the entire book is about. It’s called Portnoy’s Complaint because that’s what it is. Just one long complaint. I think I liked it but I think my system is still in such shock from reading it that I’m not ready to make a final determination.