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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (Aug. 7 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375726497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375726491
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on Feb. 1 2003
Format: Paperback
Hard to believe Ames could make some of these topics so comical. And he puts them forth in such a way that you're not sure if you're laughing AT him or WITH him. But you ARE laughing and that's the point. Good fun for those with a politically incorrect sense of humor. All others, beware!
Also recommended - NO ONE'S EVEN BLEEDING and DELANO
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I got this book the day after seeing the hilarious Jonathan Ames on Letterman, and what a treat! He's one of the most candid and funny writers I've ever read. Not many people can reveal episodes of intestinal distress or having erections in the presence of an elderly great aunt to the public. Talking about its content makes it sound like the juvenile stuff of Farrelly Brothers movies, but it's not all lighthearted. He deals with issues of early fatherhood, failed love, and depression too. Ames writes it all with intelligence and a self-deprecating wink. This book is a gem!
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I laughed aloud frequently while reading this self-effacing if not wholly self deprecating series of stories which appear to be author's true adventures.
Ames' writing is a lot like Woody Allen's humorous plays, old standup work, and screenplays... Readers get to laugh at the ridiculous yearnings and whines of a pitiful but somehow loveable nebbish, right? But Ames is apparently writing truthfully about his own sexual guilt, perversions, and fantasies. Quite remarkable that the writer can spin details of his unsavory problems with very taut, humorous prose. The result is, reader ends up rooting for the poor sap.
It's all here: sex with a transsexual, his Oedipus complex, tales of his pal the exhibitionist, prostitutes, getting the crabs, you name it. Reader just doesn't know what to expect next, but Ames always manages to top each story with the next. Perhaps just as much could be said for average reader's appetite for the bizarre and perverse. I would guess that Ames knows all too well what sells, and he's just happy to oblige. Food for thought, but meanwhile, just go ahead and laugh your way through.
Remarkably candid accounts and perfectly crafted humor make it impossible to dismiss him as a creepy pervert. Good old human frailty and honesty seem to prevail.
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What was always ingenious about Spalding Gray's raconteurism was his way of explaining in very rational terms the way he'd made a total mess out of his life. Ames does the same thing, albeit with his own twist. As Ames portrays himself in the essay collection, he's a man completely possessed by his own body ... and bodily urges. No matter how he tries to stop himself with intellect, his visceral desires take over, often getting him into a hilarious, bizarre kind of trouble. Only at the 11th hour is his brain able to swoop down and save him, and even then he doesn't completely get away clean. His voice is at once refreshingly candid yet self-loathing, a balance few authors are able to pull off this convincingly, or dare I say, endearingly.
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Jonthan Ames' claim to fame is, of course, his perverted subject matter. I won't say that fame isn't deserved, but I think it often causes people to overlook his unique gifts. First off, his prose is outstanding (though I recommend reading his novels "I Pass Like Night" or "The Extra Man" to see him really shine in that respect.) Above all else, what is most often overlooked about Ames is how really, when it comes down to it, he is just a nice, normal Jewish boy from New Jersey who deeply loves the people close to him and cares very much about what his parents think. Sure, the stories about sex and scatology are hysterical, but read his stories about his great aunt or his son and you will start to see the real Ames. It is Ames' compassion that makes these stories stand out. He's a very sweet and earnest person who is trying (with mixed results) to fit into a world that he doesn't quite understand and that doesn't quite understand him. I think anyone who has ever felt like an outsider (sexually or not) will see something of themself in these stories.
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Are you uncomfortable with stories about sex, farts, poops, or foreign objects in your food? If so, then you ought to relax and learn to laugh about life. That is what this book brings to the table: bold, uncensored, honesty about many aspects of life that we are often too timid to talk about or even think about for very long. Remember the thoughts you had when you were 14 years old? The time you saw something you shouldn't have, but your mind took off into fantasy? Jonathan Ames tells his (or his alter ego's) tales of embarrassment, insecurity, bizarre fantasy, and strange experiences. Not only is this book full of oddities, it is extremely funny. Read the book. Then go check out Jonathan Ames in person. His readings are events not to be missed. Perhaps he'll even arm wrestle you for a free book.
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Forget Eggers and Sedaris, Ames is the real deal. Funny, sweet, and unpretentious. Eggers is so overtly clever that he makes you sick, and Sedaris is humorous mainly because of his speaking style.
Ames is a real risker taker and a master prose stylist. I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you are trapped in an M.F.A. program in creative writing. Breathe deeply of some real writing here.
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