Not That You Asked: Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008 - Humor - 288 pages
In (Not that You Asked), Steve Almond documents a life spent brawling with the idiot kings of modern culture. He squares off against Sean Hannity on national TV, takes on Oprah Winfrey, nearly gets kidnapped by a reality TV crew, and winds up in Boston, where he quickly enrages the entire population of Red Sox Nation. Amid the carnage, he finds time to celebrate his literary hero, the late Kurt Vonnegut. These are essays the Los Angeles Times has called “rich, fearless [and] cutting.”

Praise for (Not that You Asked)

“Refreshingly irreverent . . . absurdly funny.”
–The Boston Globe

“[Almond] scores big in every chapter of this must-have collection. Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut himself would have been proud.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Taunting, revealing, irreverent, and earnest.”
–The New York Times

“Steve Almond has created a distinctive voice and literary persona. Pleasure-obsessed, self-deprecating, horny, hilarious and always dedicated to parsing the messy terrain of the human heart.”
–Forward.com
 

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I wasn't familiar with Steve Almond before reading this collection of essays. I am much more familiar with him now. Not that I asked. Not That You Asked is that kind of essay collection that tends to ... Read full review

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I picked up this collection of essays from Boston writer (and Bay Area native) Steve Almond on a total whim and found it to be one of the explosively funny books I’ve read since Ozzy’s autobiography ... Read full review

Contents

Everything Was Beautiful
15
Concerning the Laughable Nature 143
16
The 12Step Program
97
Death by Lobster Pad Thai
190
Cash Cowed 2
212
Youre What?
251
Acknowledgments
287
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About the author (2008)

Steve Almond has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. He is the author of the essay collection (Not that You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions; the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow; the nonfiction book Candyfreak; and the novel Which Brings Me to You, cowritten with Julianna Baggott. Originally from Pennsylvania, he lives outside Boston with his wife and two children, and listens to rock and roll at all hours.

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