Not quite a genius

Nate Dern

Book - 2017

"From Funny Or Die senior writer and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comes a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society. A brave archaeologist journeys into a suburban man cave. Leif Eriksson writes Christopher Columbus a long overdue letter. A corporate flack admonishes a room of marijuana sales people to get their revenues up. A young man's penis turns into a lobster. Walt Whitman even ...teaches a spin class. With humor, originality, and narrative guile, Nate Dern examines man buns, dating apps, Wi-Fi terms and conditions, juicing crazes, vegetarianism, and so much more, all while plumbing his own life and a series of fantastical scenarios for a truth that's both revelatory and beautiful."--Jacket.

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Subjects
Genres
Humor
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster 2017.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 324 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781501122200
1501122207
Main Author
Nate Dern (author)
  • Part I: Which one are you?. Which one are you?
  • Before we begin our yoga practice, a few words about our other offerings and that hissing sound
  • Flora and their corresponding holiday ritual call to action, if encountered
  • Personal Wi-Fi terms and conditions
  • My name is Autumn
  • Flowers for Ai_One
  • The litterbug
  • I like all types of music and my sense of humor is so random
  • Bruce Lee novelty plate
  • The scientist who named it "global warming" would like to apologize
  • How many farts measure a life?
  • The once and future vegetarian
  • Part 2: Predator prey. Thanking Jesus
  • As the toothbrush you just threw away, I have some questions about the seven 12-ounce Mountain Dews in your trash
  • HonestJuice Juicery
  • A lack of sleep
  • An intrepid explorer discovers a man cave
  • Revisions to handwashing sign made necessary thanks to a certain smart-aleck employee
  • Only six of my seven kids have whooping cough, so I'm staying anti-vax
  • Transcription of Internet video "Deer stuck in swing freed and you won't believe what happens next!!!"
  • If I have to shit during the 5k charity run, I'm just going to do it
  • YouButBetter™ app review
  • The lost Vagina Monologue: "vaginas are awesome"
  • Negative visualization
  • Predator prey
  • Part 3: Not quite a genius. Not quite a genius
  • In case of fire
  • It's not you, it's your man bun
  • Glengarry Glenpot
  • Weather.com headlines or creative writing MFA thesis titles?
  • The transformation
  • I'm not an asshole, I'm just an introvert
  • 496 reasons not to explode the Earth
  • What noise does a bug make?
  • Chap sticks in a mailbox
  • Part 4: Hand job at 20,000 feet. I am the wagon
  • Letter to Christopher Columbus from Leif Eriksson
  • Mile marker 304.1
  • How to explain business mergers to your child
  • Walt Whitman, spin class instructor
  • Politician responds to rumor he is a scientist
  • Old Polish woman walks her old white dog
  • Parts Nate Dern has auditioned for
  • This is a dream and I'm going to kill you
  • The show of LIFE!
  • Hand job at 20,000 feet.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dern is a seasoned comedy writer who rose to success with the Upright Citizens Brigade, in New York City, later penning sketch videos for Funny or Die. His first book is a raucous mash-up of fondly remembered, humiliating anecdotes and fictional tales chronicling the humor and irony of the American digital age. In his first essay, he recounts the decision to compete on the early aughts reality show Beauty and the Geek. An undying thirst for attention and classic nerdy-boy features made him the perfect catch for the wickedly stereotyping matchmaking show. In one fictional piece, he supplies the stream-of-consciousness speech that Walt Whitman might employ had he taught a modern spin class. In another, his recently thrown-out toothbrush writes Dern an angry letter about the number of Mountain Dew cans trashed alongside it. The mix of memoir and fabricated musings creates a fast-paced amusement-park ride through the inner workings of Dern's mind. Funny, imaginative, anthropomorphic, and painfully honest, Dern's stories and essays are impossible to forget. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A collection of humorous, absurdist essays and stories from a senior writer at "Funny or Die" includes an open letter to Charles Manson, an archaeologist's exploration into a suburban man cave, and an angry missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A collection of hilarious, absurdist essays from a senior writer at Funny or Die include an open letter to Charles Manson, an archaeologist's exploration into a suburban man cave and an angry missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society.This collection of essays and stories spans a wide variety of topics. There's the open letter to Charles Manson, the report of a brave archeologist's journey into a suburban man cave, and a long overdue missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus. Walt Whitman even teaches a spin class.Nate Dern's razor-sharp eye examines modern society and technology, man buns, dating apps, and juicing crazes. Anyone who's ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi Terms & Conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on in horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern's wicked and funny take on modern life.