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If you combined the inspired lunacy of Christopher Moore with the withering humor of David Gates, you would get Sam Lipsyte. Self-described loser Lewis Miner, class of '89, has been receiving the Eastern Valley High School alumni bulletin. He is appalled at the content: "one unruptured procession of promotions and breeding success, summer cottages and marathons." He decides to send in his own candid if decidedly twisted update. He describes his job compiling historical data for a company newsletter ("suicidal self-loathing lurks behind every coffee break"); his incredibly bitter feelings about his unsuccessful relationships with women; and the great satisfaction, minutely detailed, that he derives from his two hobbies, masturbation and pot smoking. When straitlaced, uptight Stacy Ryson accuses him of being a misanthrope and refuses to publish his update, Lewis strikes back in his own inimitable fashion. Lipsyte's novel is one long, very funny rant that manages to skewer pretentiousness and champion the average male; however, it's not for the faint of heart. ------------------------- “Genius. As eloquent and delirious a rant I’ve heard since Henry Miller was doing the ranting. Sam Lipsyte has the best male gaze in town and when he turns that gaze inwards I start to understand how we got to be where we are today, as a country and as a people.” ---Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook “Lipsyte’s vision of our collective existence is so accurately skewed, there is no escaping the delirious---and beautifully disturbing---shock of recognition. Writing this deep is rare enough---writing this deep and this hysterical pretty much didn’t exist until Lipsyte began pouring it onto the page.”--Jerry Stahl, author of I, Fatty “Lipsyte is playful and lewd, bleak and farcical, walking a fine line between near-glib humour and a genuine existential fear one could even call Beckettian.... Sam Lipsyte can really write.”- The Guardian

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    Sorry about that! Next time, book lovers!

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to miss yo all, but i haven't been able to read the book.

    April 25, 2013

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