Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 219 pages
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Is it possible to find humor -- corrosive, taboo-shattering, laugh-till-you-cry humor -- in the story of a 38-year-old- cartoonist who's both a quadriplegic and a recovering alcoholic? The answer is yes, if the cartoonist is John Callahan -- whose infamous work has graced the pages of Omni, Penthouse, and The New Yorker -- and if he's telling it in his own words and pictures. But Callahan's uncensored account of his troubled -- and sometimes impossible -- life is also genuinely inspiring. Without self-pity or self-righteousness, this liberating book tells us how a quadriplegic with a healthy libido has sex, what it's like to live in the exitless maze of the welfare system, where a cartoonist finds his comedy, and how a man with no reason to believe in anything discovers his own brand of faith.

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User Review  - Knicke - LibraryThing

I'm sorry that I didn't find this book until just after Callahan's recent passing, but glad that I found it at all. I'd certainly seen a few of his cartoons, but knew nothing of the complex ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The joke of the title is that Callahan's a paraplegic, He's also a cartoonist (Penthouse, Omni, National Lampoon) with an acidic wit that permeates this involving and extraordinarily frank account of ... Read full review


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About the author (1989)

John Callahan is the Morgan S. Odell professor of humanities at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. As literary executor for Ralph Ellison, he edited the manuscripts of Ellison's unfinished second novel into Juneteenth to widespread critical praise and also edited Ellison's Collected Essays and Flying Home and Other Stories.

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