- Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Spiegel & Grau (30. April 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0812992873
- ISBN-13: 978-0812992878
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,9 x 2,6 x 21,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 400.786 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Attempting Normal (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. April 2013
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Praise for Attempting Normal
“I laughed so hard reading this book.”—David Sedaris
“Funny . . . surprisingly deep . . . laced with revelatory insights.”—Los Angeles Times
“Superb . . . A reason that [it] is a superior example of an overcrowded genre—the comedian memoir—is Mr. Maron’s hardheaded approach to his history, the wisdom of experience.”—The New York Times
“Marc Maron is a legend because he is both a great comic and a brilliant mind. Attempting Normal is a deep, hilarious megashot of feeling and truth as only this man can administer.”—Sam Lipsyte
Praise for Marc Maron and WTF
“The stuff of comedy legend.”—Rolling Stone
“Marc Maron is a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet. Truly one of the greatest of all time.”—Louis C.K.
“I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny.”—David Cross
“Revered among his peers . . . raw and unflinchingly honest.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Devastatingly funny.”—Los Angeles Times
“For a comedy nerd, this show is nirvana.”—Judd Apatow
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. He has appeared in his own comedy specials on Comedy Central, HBO, and Netflix, and his sitcom, Maron, airs on IFC. He lives in Los Angeles.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Maron isn't everyone's cup of tea. Perhaps you have to have lived in a head that works like this to laugh until you cry when you listen to WTF or go to a live broadcast or stand-up performance. But no one else gets to the angst of life in 21st century America the way Marc Maron does. Maron seems now to have been ahead of his time, and in these anxious times, his time has clearly arrived. "Attempting Normal" is a hilarious, bitter, bemused, brutally honest self-examination by a man who hit rock bottom and clawed his way back out in a way he never anticipated. At times this book will make you cringe with its honesty; sort of like knowing too much about the sex life of your parents. But Maron's lack of boundaries gives him an intimacy with his increasing number of fans that is all too rare. Unless you were fortunate enough to be born into The Perfect Family, you will see something of yourself in "Attempting Normal."
Perhaps Maron shares too much of himself. But there is no more generous a performer in the business. We knew about his gifts as a stand-up comic and has an interviewer. Earlier generations could make do with gentler-by-comparison humorists such as Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, and Jean Shepherd. But we live now in loud and absurd times that require a loud voice to rail against the absurdity.
Maron, one of America's top insightful and thoughtful comedians, is an obsessive over-thinking ruminater (The Ruminater). He is a hoarder of items and experiences. He opens the book wondering why he hoards so many trinkets and how his mother and brother would deal with his relics should he pre-decease them (A college library is not going to crave his scribbles and framed 'Apocalypse Now' lobby card).
Maron fills the book with life events that inform us of his family and friends: his father competing for attention with his grandfather's corpse at his grandfather's NJ funeral; his interactions with other comics "doing their time;" a heroin addled comic who did his finest when high; his feral cats on the night before the 2004 GOP convention; his self-funded research project titled "Who is My Ex F*ing" after his 2nd wife left him; the "freedom" of masturbation in a hotel room; the girlfriend who was incapable of orgasm due to past issues abuse.
The book really opens with his paranoia on a cross country commercial jet flight, one on which he is sitting in coach and overtired and thinking that the passenger he just racially profiled is about to hijack the jet or worse. It is a perspiration filled anxious scene you would expect to see on The Twilight Zone. Next we are at his brother's wedding, where Maron is the Best Man, where he plans to seduce the Maid of Honor under the chuppah. He ends up marrying her, mainly because it was easier to marry than to have the "break-up conversation." TOO FUNNY. You know what is really telling? Maron is the guy who, upon hiring a prostitute in Boston, and paying an extra $10 for her to be topless, is asked by her if he feels a lump (he should have charged HER $10 for the exam, and yes, she did have a lump that she should really have checked out by a physician)
I enjoyed the book and you can expect to laugh over 200 times, one time for nearly every page. You will find that your life is not that bad, since your problems can not be as bad as the things he has observed or done.
“I look at every book as a self-help book,” Maron says. Yeah, I get that. I read this book looking for what I’m supposed to do next. (Kidding. Kind of.)
It’s not all doom and gloom, this book.
Well, it kind of is. But it’s funny and it’s smart and it puts into words a lot of the things I wish I could talk about in my own writing.
“We’re all carrying around some s***. When you hear the things people have gone through and realize you’ve gone through the same, it provides an amazing amount of relief. It give us hope. And I think that’s what we’re supposed to get from each other. The hope that, maybe, just maybe, we’re going to be okay. Maybe.” ― Marc Maron, Attempting Normal