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Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters Paperback – Mar 5 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (March 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060936142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936143
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #771,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, which featured endless takedowns of Hollywood glitterati, comes Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters, some 50 short essays covering up everything from "Portal to Hell: The Radio Shack Experience" to "Grumpy Floppy and the Flo-Flo," or the pet names of friends for their loved ones. Michael J. Nelson, head writer of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 for 10 seasons (and its host for five), has an endless supply of good-natured bile, and here turns it on the annoyances and idiocies of everyday life.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Nelson (Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese) is perhaps best known as the brains behind the cult classic television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this collection of more than 50 offbeat essays, he shares his observations about everyday matters such as the media, education, food, and family life. His humor is a cross between that of Dave Barry and of Jerry Seinfeld, and his highly personal style he includes remarks about his wife and his children will delight some readers but annoy others. Nelson also tends to dwell on the obvious. For example, in one essay about modern life he opines about the sounds of autumn, pointing out that fall used to sound like the gentle swish-swish of leaf raking but is now dominated by the cacophony of leaf blowers. In short, this collection of humor is uneven at best. Though some will find it funny, it will likely disappoint many MST3K fans, as it lacks the sardonic repartee for which Nelson is most celebrated on his television series. Recommended primarily for public libraries where demand dictates. Joe Accardi, William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
Back when Mike Nelson was doing Mystery Science Theater, he actually had wit. Bad movies was his niche, his forte (if I'm using the right words), and his heckling made for some very funny, often hilarious, observations. Sometimes he would throw in an absurd pop culture reference here and there, but it was okay, because if we didn't get it he'd simply try again with another. Like the movie Airplane!, his humor on MST3K was hit or miss, with a lot of hits.
The problem with Mind Over Matters is that Nelson takes some of those "missed" jokes and devotes whole chapters to them. True, there are also whole chapters devoted to the "hit" ones, too, such as Mike's wife-stalking and reflections on high school drama. But the good material is thrown right in with the bad, confusing bits of humor that maybe one or two people in the world would understand. Maybe if one took some effort to "get" some of his observations would pay off, but if you have to make an effort to get a joke, what's the point?
For Michael J. Nelson fans only. Others may want to try his Movie Megacheese, where he stays in his genre, so to speak.
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Mike Nelson offers everyone interested a look into the life of a Midwesterner that gained national popularity making fun of cheesy movies. As the head writer and later the star of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 television series and movie, Mike Nelson created a fan base with his wit and utterly shameless clowning. Following his successes in TV, he went on to write the wonderful book 'Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese'. In this book he tries to get away from his movie roles and show everyone that the world around him is at times stupid, and at times weird.
This book was not written for fans of MST3K, this book was written for anyone that wanted a laugh. At times, Nelson fails to stay away from movie and TV reviews, but in the whole he does a stand up job of offering essays on life today for the average six foot two Midwesterner who happens to be famous.
Among the better essays are his experiences in hotel rooms, a hilarious treatise on mud baths, and even a look at married life. All the essays are short; Nelson is an experienced wordsmith that does not waste space. One cannot but admire Mike's vocabulary and knowledge, however it seems at times he's using big words just for their own sake. Any reader, fan of MST3K or not will love reading this book. It's not a classic, in fact it has nowhere near the literary value of his 'Megacheese,' but it still gets an A- from me.
Go ahead and read this book, it's worth the effort, and its cool blue cover color scheme helps relax the soul.
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Who is Mike Nelson? What makes this man tick? What evil lurks behind the guise of goofiness he often adopts? Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters takes us into the mind of the man I now consider to be the funniest man on the planet. After a decade of work on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Nelson has evolved into a remarkably witty, entertaining author. His first book, Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, featured his odd yet hilarious takes on modern, mainstream films, yet this topic did not take him very far afield from his work on MST3K. Now, in Mind Over Matters, Nelson has decided to take on modern life directly, penning a series of vignettes about every-day events, popular culture, and his own childhood and family life. This book is, in my opinion, even funnier and much more impressive than its predecessor. It also gives us some insight into the man most of us MTS3K fanatics tend to view as an actual friend we just haven't met yet.
The book is organized into nine sections. In Part One, Coping With It All, Nelson describes seemingly mundane events and activities that somehow become incidents of high strangeness: shopping trips, hotel stays, trips to a health club brimming with old wrinkled men who seem to enjoy showcasing their frightening nakedness in a locker room setting. In Part Two, But Is It Art? he address topics such as movie-going and watching television; the real gem here is a fairly lengthy recounting of his own experiences in musical theatre. Part Three, This Modern World, returns to the subject of modern life and such issues as computer security, annoying morning radio shows, and weird news reports. He steps outside for a breath of fresh air in Part Four, The Great Outdoors, the pinnacle of which is his well-stated condemnation of leaf blowers.
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Well, I've been a big fan of fan of mst3k for a long time and I liked Nelson's first book, but this one didn't do it for me. I think it's because I just can't bring myself to care about what he's writing about. He spends pages going on about a mildly unpleasent encounter with a clerk at radio shack, advice columns,
home depots, etc. It's just an exercise in pointless irony; I don't think there was a straight sentence in the entire book.
Also, Nelson sometimes comes off as peevish and hypersensitive when he writes about himself. Torwards the end of the book, as he's writing about a mud bath, I knew by then he was going to spend a paragraph going on in detail about how gross it was that other people had been in it before him. Wasn't dissapointed in that respect. The whole book could be paraphrased, eewwwwwwwww!
All that said, I did laugh out loud a few times while reading it.
It's like an off episode of MST3k, a couple of good laughs, but not worth watching for 2 hours.I think if I'd read almost any one of these essays individually on the internet, I may have enjoyed it, but as a 200+ page book.. It's like eating strawberry bubbaliscious chewing gum for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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