Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life

Spoiled Rotten America Outrages of Everyday Life Like Kofi Annan Larry Miller is one of the most irresistible comic personalities working today Known for years as an actor writer comedian and sexual pioneer he s gained a new following as a cult

  • Title: Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life
  • Author: Larry Miller
  • ISBN: 9780060819088
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Like Kofi Annan, Larry Miller is one of the most irresistible comic personalities working today Known for years as an actor, writer, comedian, and sexual pioneer, he s gained a new following as a cultural commentator and frequent guest on political shows Now, in Spoiled Rotten America, he fixes his gaze on what s funny about our daily lives which includes, roughly speakiLike Kofi Annan, Larry Miller is one of the most irresistible comic personalities working today Known for years as an actor, writer, comedian, and sexual pioneer, he s gained a new following as a cultural commentator and frequent guest on political shows Now, in Spoiled Rotten America, he fixes his gaze on what s funny about our daily lives which includes, roughly speaking, everything From middle aged drinking When you re in your twenties, you can drink all night and bungee jump off a bridge the next day If I drank all night, I d want to go off that bridge without the cord to the excesses of our eating habits This is why the world hates us the size of the portions we order Thank God they ve never shown us eating on Al Jazeera that would be the end of it , Miller finds the silver lining of absurdity within every black cloud.Ultimately, though, Spoiled Rotten America is than just the average yukfest It s an insightful, and surprisingly heartfelt, plea for us to notice what s best and worst about ourselves The American pendulum only swings to extremes, he writes The news is on all day, but we know less and less there s music in every mall, but we don t hear it everyone has a phone but nothing to say The chubbiest of us have the strictest diets, because we can t learn to modulate and moderate It s all or nothing One bite of a cookie, and suddenly you re on a plane to Vegas with a hooker To the Cranky Nitpickers of America a club I d join in a second if I weren t already its president it s long been understood that the world is going to Hell in a handbasket What better time for a collection of seventeen comic essays What better time indeed.

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    1. I started this book well over a year ago. I love Larry Miller's stand-up comedy, and he always makes me smile when he turns up on tv or in a movie. His writing is styled similarly. However, this book was just so dense that after a while, I put it down and read something else.It stayed on my nightstand for months. Possibly more than a year.Finally, I decided to just push on through, and to finish it up. It had highlights, to be sure- his chapter on race relations was actually really very good, an [...]

    2. It's been almost a year since I started this book and after getting about 1/3 of the way through, I put it down and didn't pick it up again until a few days ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 1/3 - the essays really reflected the title - a slice of our "spoiled" and "outrages" lives as Americans as a society, but then Mr. Miller went into personal stories and it got away from the reason that I was reading the book in the first place. The stories weren't bad, but I hadn't planned on reading "The [...]

    3. In the not so distant past, I was a big fan of Adam Carolla. I never missed a podcast and found thorough enjoyment in every episode. Fast forward to the present and I've had a bit of a falling out with Mr. Carolla. We don't see eye to eye on politics and I (unfortunately) opted to cut his show out of my life. Nevertheless, I will always have fond memories of a show that I hold quite dear. One of these memories is Larry Miller. A frequent guest and contributor to the podcasts as well as syndicate [...]

    4. This book has been sitting in a pile for at least the last 2 years. the pile I'm talking about sits in my bedroom and consists of books that I have no idea now WHY I bought them - but that for some unknown reason, they must have sounded good to me at the time. Because of the economy (& the fact that I'm trying not to waste money!) - I decided that I should at least TRY to read down this pile before getting back to the books I REALLY WANT to read/buy. Ugh - anyway, let's just say there was a [...]

    5. At first, I had a hard time getting into the book. Miller's writing style seemed a lot like Dave Barry, who I don't really find all that funny. I think the humorous sections would probably have worked better if I'd ever heard him talk. Spoken comedy doesn't always translate all that well to written comedy, especially if the reader doesn't have memories of the spoken version to fall back on.Still, as the book progressed it became more serious and introspective, and I found those sections to be ve [...]

    6. I should put this out there before you read this. I am a HUGE fan of Larry Miller. I am a card carrying member of the LMDS (if you don't know what that is listen to his podcast). On to the book. If you have ever seen Larry do stand up the book is very similar. It is a collection of essays that Larry wrote. Some of them are good, most of them are great. The one his late night buddy made me sad. They all made me laugh. The stories mostly have to do with relationships and being a parent. His humor [...]

    7. I've always liked Larry Miller, both in stand up and his character roles in films (His scenes in Pretty Woman are still my favorite). Now after reading these essays, I like him even more. Not only is he funny, he is so grounded and rationalI found myself agreeing with his rants throughout this book.I look forward to Larry Miller 2: The Quickening (read the second essay to get the reference).

    8. Larry Miller is mildy amusing but not as funny as I had hoped. His book didn't shed light on life in America in any meaningful way nor did it make me laugh out loud (okay, once). He seems to spend a lot of time trying to show his readers what a great guy he is. I'm sure he's a great guy, but I found his book a bit hard to finish.

    9. Larry Miller is a gifted comic, but as with most comedy writing it is better to watch him do his material than to read it. His great bit on five stages of drinking is not that great on the page. Rather than read this book I'd recommend that you just watch clips of his routine on YouTube. He does a great job of finding humor in the ordinary things of life.

    10. When i was younger I wanted a man like Henry Rollins. Intelligent, ripped and angry, Now I'd like a man more like Miller. Intelligent, funny and a firm believer that whiskey makes a good life even better.

    11. Larry Miller is a really funny guy and I love his work, but he missed the target on this one. After watching some book promotions he did on TV I was expecting something totally different. It was humorous, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud.

    12. I am not normally a reader of comedy books but.Larry Miller has a sophisticated comic style with enough heartfelt philosophy thrown in to give the essays real depth. Actually, I quite enjoyed this book!

    13. started off good, but drifted to totally boring rather quickly. not worth expelling much to eplain the book, i found myself asking "who cares"?

    14. Funny and insightful and touching finishes the book liking the author's views and humour and thinking he might be someone you would like to meet.

    15. I saw Larry Miller at the Improv and brought his book. Yesterday I read 3/4 of it, great essays. He is not just funny, but a good man. Finished this book in 2 days.

    16. It had it's funny moments. It also had some annoying. Overall I would recommend it if you are looking for something in the light hearted reading category.

    17. enjoyable reading, although not quite as enjoyable as his stand-up. But then again, L. Miller gets a "5" for his stand-up work.

    18. It started off well, but after an entire chapter (maybe more) about The Godfather III I had enough. I had high hopes and my hopes were dashed.

    19. A rare book in that it provides laugh-out-loud chuckles yet zings you with truths about morals and every day living. We need more Larry Miller personalities in the world.

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