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Simon Rich ¸ 9 Free eadThere isn t a writer around that makes me laugh as much as Simon Rich A former SNL staffer and a egular contributor to the New Yorker he has a uniue way of using surreal situations to highlight the absurdities of modern lifeThe stories in this book focus on the pursuit of love and the difficulty in maintaining a elationship They are told mainly from a guy s point of view mocking male insecurity and stupidity in a knowing hilarious manner I suirmed and chuckled in ecognition at these bonkers insightful yarns My favourites included
which is narrated by a from its owner s wallet Mr Tumnus where the friendship between a young girl and an imaginary goat takes an unexpected turn and The Present a touching tale in which a scientist uses a time machine to give his girlfriend the perfect birthday giftI don t think this book is uite as consistent as Spoiled Brats his most ecent collection if you haven t ead it I URGE you to seek it out But The Last Girlfriend on Earth is still a highly entertaining ead clever inventive and laugh out loud funny This might possibly be one of the funniest story collections I ve ever ead I can t count the number of times I laughed out loud while eading something that doesn t happen that often for meThe 30 stories in Simon Rich s uniuely creative sometimes zany sometimes heartfelt collection are all about elationships finding them trying to maintain them and losing or ending them And Not Every Relationship not every elationship traditional one story ecounts Zeus frustrations with an alcoholic hiphop loving Cupid while another one of the funniest in the collection is narrated by a condom as he makes his journey from the drugstore into someone s wallet Don t be dismayed by the fact that there are 30 stories most are uite short in fact some only last a page or twoSome of my favorite stories in the collection are Unprotected the already mentioned story narrated by the condom Occupy Jen s Street in which an Occupy Wall Street protest is somehow transformed into one trying to get a girl to date one of the protestors Scared Straight in which a group of teenagers trying to pursue long term elationships are dissuaded by those stuck in the eality of those commitments The Last Girlfriend on Earth narrated by a man who has the last girlfriend on Earth Invisible Man in which a CIA agent using invisibility drugs to hunt down a terrorist gets distracted by spying on his ex girlfriend and Present the story of a scientist who can never uite do ight by his girlfriendI found myself constantly marveling at some of the ideas Rich came up with and the characters in his stories don t always seem to follow typical behaviors a man s friends try to set him up with a female troll characters have no problem dating Mother Teresa or Adolf Hitler Some stories aren t uite stories there are a few personal ads a eport about the excavation of a bar by archaeologists even Jeopardy uestionsanswersAs I mentioned earlier some of *The Stories Are Uite * stories are uite And while Rich generally has a perfect grasp on how long his stories should un a few ended so abruptly I can t help but wonder whether part of those stories got lost in the translation from print to e book But beyond that Rich s voice is so creative fresh and fun this was a tremendously fast ead for me and an investment I m glad I madeThe funny thing is I would never have heard of this collection if it weren t for a ecommendation from And now that I ve ead. No matter how zany things get there's an endearing simplicity at the heart of these inventive tales Love doesn't always conuer all but these stories suggest Rich thinks its certainly ought to Daily Beast Love can be messy painful and even tragic Whe. ,UNPROTECTED WHICH IS NARRATED BY A
It if Rich s other books are this funny I m going to have to ead them all AwfulDidn t laugh once Didn t even come closeThis is a collection of short stories about how much better life would be if women would just put out instead of being all woman y and annoying Author Simon Rich seemed kind of bitter to me and when I got to the end of the book I saw his picture and it all suddenly made sense So I just finished The last girlfriend on earth and other love stories by Simon RichAverage ating 2565 This is an anthology of short stories by Simon Rich These short stories are eally funny and weird and I love itIt consist of the following stories1 Unprotected 455 2 Magical Mr Goat 45 3 Occupy Jen s street 255 4 Dog missed connections 25 5 Sirens of Gowanus 35 6 Cupid 15 7 Set up 45 8 Eureka 15 9 NASA proposal 45 10 Archeological excavation eport Ludlow lounge 15 11 Victory 35 12 I love girl 35 13 Scared straight 35 14 Center of the universe 45 15 Girlfriend epair shop 35 16 The adventure of the spotted tie 25 17 Celebrity sexceptions 355 18 Wishes 15 19 Confidence 25 20 The important thing 155 21 The last girlfriend on earth 45 22 Is it just me 25 23 The haunting of 26 Bleecker street 25 24 When Alex Trebek s Ex Wife Appeared on Jeopardy 15 25 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 25 26 Man seeking woman 15 27 Invisible man 35 28 The present 35 29 Children of the dirt 35 30 Trade 35 Here s what I m seeing in a lot of eviews This is a direct pull from a eviewer below I m not attacking this eviewer but I think it s a good summary of the sorts of things people
Are Saying I Also Feel The Need To Point Outsaying I also feel the need to point out eading this as a woman is this It would be misogynistic to point out that eading this as a woman is this It would be misogynistic it weren t so clear that this was clearly written by a man who has experienced a lot of ejection in his life and is incredibly bitter Women are very one dimensional and vapid and emotional throughoutI m going to bust out the Merriam Webster here and define misogynya hatred of womenThis book definitely puts women in
For example in saying that like to be taken out to expensive dinners It also puts men into categories For example in saying that men do not like to take women to expensive dinnersWhy does this happenI feel like it s a common thing to see in comedy the use of stereotype as a shortcut Because the content is a jokeSo for example in one of my favorite pieces we get a Scared Straight type of program but instead of keeping criminals off the streets adult men in long term elationships are screaming at teens about the dangers of commitment Look at this fucking estaurant a ed faced guard had screamed at him as he shuffled through the candlelit bistro This is the kind of place you e going to have to take her to every Saturday night Because when you e in a elationship Saturday night is date night Christian tried to keep it together but when This book felt too flat to be truly satirical Sometimes it seemed like the punchline should have been can you believe people actually think the world works like this but was instead can you believe the world actually works like this The author seemed to believe that 1 if a man loves a woman he s entirely beholden to her 2 men want sex above all else and 3 women are inherently disloyal and are constantly trying to trade in their men for a better deal These tired tropes are honestly sad than they are funny The author also paints his female characters with absurdly broad strokes They e the an. N seen through the eyes of Simon Rich it can also be hilarious In these ingenious stories Rich conjures up some unforgettable omances an unused prophylactic describes life inside a teenage boy's wallet; God juggles the demands of his needy girlfrie. Chors of each narrative but nearly all are lifeless one dimensional decorative Centerpieces What Makes Kat What makes Kat different from Kayla In 30 stories maybe one or two women truly stand out So what drives the men in each story towards them Is it just their desire for sex Feels like it The book is sexist in its simplifications all women watch America s Next Top Model and all women will leave you at the drop of a hat if given a chance On top of that every male character is clueless and downright stupid when it comes to elationships Is that supposed to be the punchline Men are simple and bad at elationships Again a tired sexist trope It s possible to write a funny book about modern love This just isn t that book This was great An eclectic collection of short stories that are bite sized and easy to power through I m not usually the biggest fan of collections of short stories but I loved this book While 3 4 of them made me a little uncomfortable most were side splittingly funny sharp and memorable So this book Where to start I guess we ll start with the fact that I found out after eading it that the author also wrote for Saturday Night Live Oh well that s not a great criteria for being funny When was the last time SNL was funny Much like SNL there are occasional flashes of brilliance between long bouts of epetitive bs For those who want to know those flashes of brilliance and comedy are Unprotected and The Present Everything else is either average or not funny in the slightestI also feel the need to point out that eading this as a woman is this It would be misogynistic if it weren t so clear that this was clearly written by a man "Who Has Experienced A Lot "has experienced a lot ejection in his life and is incredibly bitter Women are very one dimensional and vapid and emotional throughout I would ate this book withCATEGORIES FOR EXAMPLE IN SAYING THAT
one and a half stars if I could The anthology started out fairly strong with some creative spinsand a half stars if I could The anthology started out fairly strong with some creative spins typical love stories but the gender stereotyping became ather frustrating and epetitive by the middle of the book The author s humorous exaggeration is enjoyable and the pieces are well written but some of the stereotypes that the author choose in particular for the image of the girlfriend were grating I would have loved to ead humorous love stories that were NOT entirely hetero normative and full of at times destructive gender stereotypes I sought this book out after hearing the first story Unprotected on This American Life and loving it That story and a few of other ones Magical Mr Goat The Present are truly great and LOL funny And the author Simon Rich has written for SNL and Pixar and The New Yorker Oh And he has a super funny story Guy Walks Into A Bar that was in the New Yorker s Shouts and Murmurs section a couple of years ago You should ead that ight now instead of this book But The est of the stories are notttt goooood It s not that the author isn t funny because he obviously is But he also seems to have a super immature simplistic view of elationships and women I get that comedy can be stupid and funny and that s okay but to ead story after story about stereotypical uptight humorless women who are annoyed at their unaware boyfriends and men who are sex crazed and dumb was just too much There s actually a story called Girlfriend Repair Shop in which a guy takes his annoying girlfriend to a mechanic where she is ewired to be less of a bitch That s the whole story Yep There are a lot of stories like tha. Nd with the looming deadline for earth's creation; and a lovestruck Sherlock Holmes ignores all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him As enchanting sweet and absurd as love itself these stories are an irresistible collection of deligh.