The Last Girlfriend on Earth) [Pdf] ´ Simon Rich
There isn t a writer around that makes me laugh as much as Simon Rich A former SNL staffer and a regular contributor to the New Yorker he has a uniue way of using surreal situations to highlight the absurdities of modern lifeThe stories in this book focus on the pursuit of love and the difficulty in maintaining a relationship They are told mainly from a guy s point of view mocking male insecurity and stupidity in a knowing hilarious manner I suirmed and chuckled in recognition at these bonkers insightful yarns My favourites included Unprotected which is narrated by a condom from its owner s wallet Mr Tumnus where the friendship between a young girl and an imaginary goat takes an unexpected turn and The Present a touching tale in which a scientist uses a time machine to give his girlfriend the perfect birthday giftI don t think this book is uite as consistent as Spoiled Brats his most recent collection if you haven t read it I URGE you to seek it out But The Last Girlfriend on Earth is still a highly ntertaining read clever inventive and laugh out loud funny This might possibly be one of the funniest story collections I ve Claim The Crown ever read I can t count the number of times I laughed out loud while reading something that doesn t happen that often for meThe 30 stories in Simon Rich s uniuely creative sometimes zany sometimes heartfelt collection are all about relationships finding them trying to maintain them and losing ornding them And not Nerds every relationship is traditional one story recounts Zeus frustrations with an alcoholic hiphop loving Cupid while another one of the funniest in the collection is narrated by a condom as he makes his journey from the drugstore into someone s wallet Don t be dismayed by the fact that there are 30 stories most are uite short in fact some only last a page or twoSome of my favorite stories in the collection are Unprotected the already mentioned story narrated by the condom Occupy Jen s Street in which an Occupy Wall Street protest is somehow transformed into one trying to get a girl to date one of the protestors Scared Straight in which a group of teenagers trying to pursue long term relationships are dissuaded by those stuck in the reality of those commitments The Last Girlfriend on Earth narrated by a man who has the last girlfriend on Earth Invisible Man in which a CIA agent using invisibility drugs to hunt down a terrorist gets distracted by spying on hisx girlfriend and Present the story of a scientist who can never uite do right by his girlfriendI found myself constantly marveling at some of the ideas Rich came up with and the characters in his stories don t always seem to follow typical behaviors a man s friends try to set him up with a female troll characters have no problem dating Mother Teresa or Adolf Hitler Some stories aren t uite stories there are a few personal ads a report about the In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, excavation of a bar by archaeologistsven Jeopardy uestionsanswersAs I mentioned Bark earlier some of the stories are uite short And while Rich generally has a perfect grasp on how long his stories should run a fewnded so abruptly I can t help but wonder whether part of those stories got lost in the translation from print to On Such a Full Sea e book But beyond that Rich s voice is so creative fresh and fun this was a tremendously fast read for me and an investment I m glad I madeThe funny thing is I would never have heard of this collection if it weren t for a recommendation from And now that I ve read it if Rich s other books are this funny I m going to have to read them all AwfulDidn t laugh once Didn tven come closeThis is a collection of short stories about how much better life would be if women would just put out instead of being all woman y and annoying Author Simon Rich seemed kind of bitter to me and when I got to the Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! end of the book I saw his picture and it all suddenly made sense So I just finished The last girlfriend onarth and other love stories by Simon RichAverage rating 2565 This is an anthology of short stories by Simon Rich These. No matter how zany things get there's an Cannibal endearing simplicity at the heart of these inventive tales Love doesn't always conuer all but these stories suggest Rich thinks its certainly ought to Daily Beast Love can be messy painful andven tragic Whe.
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That space is not just because dating is hard and it can suck but because we make it hard for ourselves with our unfair stupid reactionary in the moment Man, Son of Man emotionsThe stories are definitely from a male perspective and some of the women behave in a way some of us would be proud of some of them do not Them men are the same I guess my overall feeling is that if you re reading reviews and wondering whether this book is hateful towards women I would say it s not One man s opinion If you think the above scenarios sound funny then you ll like this book If you think it sounds too unfair to women then I won t say you re wrong It s a book that is definitely 100% from a male perspective voiced by male characters I find it to be a mixed bag of good hearted people and shitty people Which is myxperience of life too the difference being that the length and reality of my actual Alter Ego experiences provides a lot opportunity for nuance which these stories do notIf someone put a lady version of this in my hands I d bexcited to read it and I d probably laugh If someone put a transgender version of this in my hands I d probably laugh too The humor for me was in the dead on setups and the dialog and I don t think I really found much in the realm of women be all like this as a setup or a punchline I m a Simon Rich fan What can I say This book felt too flat to be truly satirical Sometimes it seemed like the punchline should have been can you believe people actually think the world works like this but was instead can you believe the world actually works like this The author seemed to believe that 1 if a man loves a woman he s ntirely beholden to her 2 men want sex above all lse and 3 women are inherently disloyal and are constantly trying to trade in their men for a better deal These tired tropes are honestly sad than they are funny The author also paints his female characters with absurdly broad strokes They re the anchors of Uncommon Wisdom each narrative but nearly all are lifeless one dimensional decorative centerpieces What makes Kat any different from Kayla In 30 stories maybe one or two women truly stand out So what drives the men inach story towards them Is it just their desire for sex Feels like it The book is sexist in its simplifications all women watch This was great An Unseen City eclectic collection of short stories that are bite sized andasy to power through I m not usually the biggest fan of collections of short stories but I loved this book While 3 4 of them made me a little uncomfortable most were side splittingly funny sharp and memorable So this book Where to start I guess we ll start with the fact that I found out after reading it that the author also wrote for Saturday Night Live Oh well that s not a great criteria for being funny When was the last time SNL was funny Much like SNL there are occasional flashes of brilliance between long bouts of repetitive bs For those who want to know those flashes of brilliance and comedy are Unprotected and The Present Everything Art else isither average or not funny in the slightestI also feel the need to point out that reading this as a woman is this It would be misogynistic if it weren t so clear that this was clearly written by a man who has God Is in the Crowd experienced a lot of rejection in his life and is incredibly bitter Women are very one dimensional and vapid andmotional throughout I would rate this book with one and a half stars if I could The anthology started out fairly strong with some creative spins on typical love stories but the gender stereotyping became rather frustrating and repetitive by the middle of the book The author s humorous Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard exaggeration isnjoyable and the pieces are well written but some of the stereotypes that the author choose in particular for the image of the girlfriend were grating I would have loved to read humorous love stories that were NOT The Matriarchs (The Family entirely hetero normative and full of at times destructive gender stereotypes I sought this book out after hearing the first story Unprotected on This American Life and loving it That stor. Nd with the looming deadline forarth's creation; and a lovestruck Sherlock Holmes ignores all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him As nchanting sweet and absurd as love itself these stories are an irresistible collection of deligh.
The Last Girlfriend on Earth) Pdf ´ Simon Rich
Short stories are really funny and weird and I love itIt consist of the fol Here s what I m seeing in a lot of reviews This is a direct pull from a reviewer below I m not attacking this reviewer but I think it s a good summary of the sorts of things people are saying I also feel the need to point out that reading this as a woman is this It would be misogynistic if it weren t so clear that this was clearly written by a man who has xperienced a lot of rejection in his life and is incredibly bitter Women are very one dimensional and vapid and When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) emotional throughoutI m going to bust out the Merriam Webster here and define misogynya hatred of womenThis book definitely puts women in categories Forxample in saying that women like to be taken out to No Biggy! expensive dinners It also puts men into categories Forxample in saying that men do not like to take women to Crush It! expensive dinnersWhy does this happenI feel like it s a common thing to see in comedy the use of stereotype as a shortcut Because the content is a jokeSo forxample in one of my favorite pieces we get a Scared Straight type of program but instead of keeping criminals off the streets adult men in long term relationships are screaming at teens about the dangers of commitment Look at this fucking restaurant a red faced guard had screamed at him as he shuffled through the candlelit bistro This is the kind of place you re going to have to take her to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard every Saturday night Because when you re in a relationship Saturday night is date night Christian tried to keep it together but when the guard shoved a menu into his hand and made him read out the price of the steak au poivre his lips began to uiverA conscientious treatise on gender politics would be sure to point out that women pay for meals That sometimes it s a man who wants to take a woman to a fancy place as a way of demonstrating hisconomic status If I thought about it as me I would think My girlfriend makes the same money I do and she pretty much insists on paying often than not by PHYSICALLY taking my wallet away from meI can t disagree that the characters are one dimensional However I think this is done with purpose The stories serve the jokes the characters serve the jokes The jokes in this book are strongly premise based backed up with some snappy dialog Character male OR female doesn t have a lot of room to move in this bookI ll admit it I just thought the book was goddamn funny The premise of a scared straight for relationships That shit s funnyNow what I m not doing here is tossing off an accusation of misogyny by saying that the content isn t serious and is therefore not subject to the same rulesThis is a book that has a short story where a man goes on a date with a troll Not a stand in very unattractive woman A literal troll There are mermaids Someone s Deep Listening ex starts dating Hitler And I think the purpose the over arching theme of this books is the idea of what it FEELS like to date And within a single narrow category As a straight white man in his 20 s or 30 s The point of the Hitler story is that basically when yourx starts dating someone new it always feels like that person must be the worst Bird-by-Bird Gardening ever And somehow nobody sees it but you All your mutual friends are like I think you re overreacting He s not so bad The joke here isn t Hitler That s funny The joke is the idea of irrational hatred that FEELS legitimate taken to a completely farcical levelThe book is kind of brilliant in the way it turns feelings which are just that and makes them into reality Emotion shapesach story I felt like the writing came from the heart Which isn t something we re used to saying with comedy From The Heart almost always means serious possibly involving angels But really I think the stories show a rawness of The Works of Saint Augustine emotion that can be a little off putting at times If you asked me how I felt 10 minutes into a break up I might say things that I would never say outside of that space In this book that space isxpanded and preserved and we get to Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone explore how uncomfortable and awful. N seen through theyes of Simon Rich it can also be hilarious In these ingenious stories Rich conjures up some unforgettable romances an unused prophylactic describes life inside a teenage boy's wallet; God juggles the demands of his needy girlfrie.
Simon Rich born 1984 is an American humorist whose first book Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations was published by Random House in April 2007Rich is an alumnus of The Dalton School and a former president of The Harvard Lampoon and the son of The New York Times editorialist Frank Rich He received a two book contract from Random House prior to his graduation from Harvard University in 200