My Custom Van ...and 52 Other Mind- Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face
- Author: Michael Ian Black
- Publisher: Simon Spotlight
- Published: July 2009
- ISBN-10: 1439153531
- ISBN-13: 9781439153536
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2009
- Subject: HUMOR / Form / Essays
Comedian and basic cable superstar Michael Ian Black unleashes the full fury of his astonishing intellect in this collection of short comic essays. My Custom Van is a no-holds-barred assault to the funny bone that will literally beat you into submission with hilarity*.
How did he do it? How did he create such a fine anthology? Answer: With love. Michael opened his heart and used the magical power of love to write more than fifty thought-provoking essays like, "Why I Used a Day-Glo Magic Marker to Color My Dick Yellow," and "An Open Letter to the Hair Stylist Who Somehow Convinced Me to Get a Perm When I Was in Sixth Grade."
Maybe you think love is not a substitute for "good writing skills" and "spell check." Bull pucky! When it comes to writing books, love is the most powerful word processor of all.
Sounds pretty great, right? And yet...something is still holding you back from paying the full purchase price of this book. What is it? Perhaps you secretly believe you do not deserve a book this good. Nonsense -- you deserve this book and so much more. In fact, if Michael could have written you all the stars in the sky, that's what he would have done. But he couldn't do that, due to his lack of knowledge in the area of astronomy. So he wrote this book instead.
And this flap copy.
* Michael Ian Black is not responsible for any actual injuries caused by reading this book.
This first entry under "How did I miss this?" made me decide to include Black in the pantheon of "funniest people on the planet" beside Martin Short, They Might Be Giants, and Dave Carlson from sophomore year of high school. In this hearty little paperback, M.I.B. presents short takes on a wide range of topics, each critically important to the soul of American Wit. In fact, this is just like the work of Mark Twain, if Twain had written about bitchin' taco parties, what his robot would be like when he built it, and opening a scented candle shoppe. It's also reminiscent of Joseph Heller's or Kurt Vonnegut's black humor, if they had written epic fail erotic fiction, left instructions for the cleaning woman, or pondered about the DJ name they would eventually assume (mine=DJSqueeky). Fun, funny, and hilariously smarmy, this book covers the aforementioned plus other intriguing subject matter. Plus, you can usually finish one essay while on the dumper. - Douglas Lord, "Books For Dudes", Booksmack! 8/4/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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