You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations


You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations Humor
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Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir is darkly humorous and told with raw honesty. In it, the author takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it-s-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. Stories include: How his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda; how his camp girlfriend dumped him for a guy nicknamed Taco; how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first; how he is completely undone by hearing a Creed song on the radio on the eve of becoming a father; and how he learned to use Santa Claus as “Bad Cop” threat to control his kids year round. From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black says the kind of things you’re afraid to admit. Gone on, admit it! 243p.

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In this memoir, comedian-performer-screenwriter Black provides a humorous take on his path from New Jersey kid through single Manhattan guy to suburban husband and father. Black lost his father early and was primarily raised by his mother and her lesbian partner. An interest in the theater led him to sketch-writing gigs and a show on MTV and VH-1's I Love the... series. However, Black's focus is on private life and we learn of his dating mishaps, fear of marriage, dislike of children, various health problems, and the guilty pleasure of buying a new BMW. Nothing about Black comes gracefully. He tells us he can't stand his wife; he's not very good at sex; and he notes that raising children is horrible. When he tries marijuana for the first time on his honeymoon, he passes out in an Amsterdam hash bar. Black positions himself as a kind of infantile fool. This is all shtick, of course, and Black can often be amusing in his role, but the succession of one-liners grows monotonous. He doesn't lack ability as a writer, but his attempts at greater emotional range, such as the section on his father's death, are undercut by his reduction of everyone to a sit-com stereotype. (Feb.)

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