I Drink for a Reason Paperback – 25 Aug 2010
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."..me again. I'm sorry, but there's something about David's wit and hilarious self-revelation that makes me want to jacket-blurb all over this thing. David's writing in this 'audio-book for the eyes' is every bit as funny, honest, and observant as the man himself-and, oddly, twice as smart. It's surprising and funny dot dot dot a triumph! Oh, and David that 'dot dot dot' shouldn't be spelled out as words. It's just meant to imply I said a lot of other stuff too. Oh and obviously what I'm saying right now also isn't part of the blurb."
--Mitchell "Arrested Development" Hurwitz, co-creator, The Ellen Show
"David Cross is the Bruce Banner of our time, and this book is his big green monster. His energy is so intoxicating and uplifting that in some cultures his discarded bodily fluids are sold on the black market as an Irish coffee substitute. This is a great book."
--Maynard Keenan, lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle
"A few more books like this one, and we may have to get David to pull a Sen. Al Franken."
--Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos
"It is inappropriate for me to write a 'blurb' for Mr. David Cross, as he is rightly a legend--utterly fearless, absolutely brilliant, and a longtime inspiration to me. My endorsement would be like the weed endorsing the sun, which is to say: I live in the dirt and require David Cross (plus water) to live. But I can grow right through sidewalks, so that's something."
--John Hodgman, Daily Show "Resident Expert" and New York Times bestselling author of The Areas Of My Expertise
"Absurdist naysaying deepened by occasional blurts of actual emotion."
--Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates
"This book is a literary 'Development' from David that I found truly 'Arresting'. I 'dev'oured every word and had to take 'a rest' after reading as I realized this book was 'ment' [sic] to be a comedy classic. This 'Arresting' comedian has 'Developed' into an amazing and insightful writer."
--Mitchell Hurwitz, producer, Golden Girls
"A relentlessly funny insight into what makes David Cross honest and brutal, but above all, hilarious...pant-wettingly brilliant."
"One of the funniest books I've ever skimmed!"
"David has composed a fascinating list of the most obscure names in Atlanta baseball history, and filled the spaces between with some stuff. I don't always agree with him, but he always makes me think and smile and, unlike our conversations, in this book I actually can get a word in edgewise."
..".me again. I'm sorry, but there's something about David's wit and hilarious self-revelation that makes me want to jacket-blurb all over this thing. David's writing in this 'audio-book for the eyes' is every bit as funny, honest, and observant as the man himself-and, oddly, twice as smart. It's surprising and funny dot dot dot a triumph! Oh, and David that 'dot dot dot' shouldn't be spelled out as words. It's just meant to imply I said a lot of other stuff too. Oh and obviously what I'm saying right now also isn't part of the blurb."
--Mitchell "Arrested Development" Hurwitz, co-creator, The Ellen Show
About the Author
David Cross is a two-time award winner as well as a three-time award winner. He was part of Mr. Show and Arrested Development. He has done, and still does, stand-up comedy. He is a jew/atheist originally from Atlanta. He speaks four languages, and three dialects. He writes, loves, and eats in the NYC area. He is a Red Sox fan. In fact, he has a dog named Ollie Red Sox. He is a true patriot and a great American. He is currently fucking Amber Tamblyn.
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Boy, was I ever disappointed. There are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in this book (and an unexpected mention of an old friend during the "free list of quirks"), but on the whole it's an uneven work which was very, VERY poorly edited. When I'm paying good money for a professionally-produced book, I expect it to be professionally edited, not filled with the kinds of grammatical mix-ups and misspellings you'd expect from a high-school dropout's job application at McDonald's (page 87: "Mormans," for instance. They apparently didn't even run a spellchecker on this thing before shipping it off to the printer). I'm sure that some people will be quick to point out numerous grammatical errors I've made in my review, but as I'm not producing this in any sort of professional capacity, they can bite my shiny leather grammar Nazi goosesteppers.
I can't say that I hated this book, because I didn't, but overall it proved to be extremely unsatisfying on several levels.
What happens when the comedian hates every thing and every one and tells you so with anger, contempt, and a sense of superiority? How long can you spend in a atmosphere of rage and condescension? Even if you can see that the person is genuinely intelligent and creative, and happens to generally agree with you on a number of issues, how long before you want to escape?
David Cross is brilliant in many ways, but reading his book was a slog. I like pointed humor, but his dislike of mostly everything he encounters and repetition of his top dislikes made this an almost joyless affair. There were times I chuckled or appreciated a turn of phrase, but mostly I just wondered what he actually liked and if I could make it through to the end.
Instead of taking on a topic or dislike, riffing on it, and moving on, he kept going back to the well with his comments often not even being humorous, but just bitter. The funny thing is that at one or two points he acknowledges that people see him as condescending and superior.
Were there good moments? Yeah. He did a piece on Larry the Cable Guy and showed him for a snake oil salesman. There are lines when he skewers people or institutions that are astute and brilliant, but I found myself having to take breaks from this to read things that where the author likes people, and has the occasional positive.
Cross is a smart guy and funny in shows and skits, but this book doesn't make him seem the least bit likable. Even for someone familiar with Cross and a fan of Mr. Show and Arrested Development, this was not a good read.