Attempting Normal

Attempting Normal

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An irreverent and punishingly funny memoir about love, addiction, and failure from the host of the wildly popular WTF podcast. Marc Maron was an angst-filled comedian who dreamed of a simple normal life, a sitcom, and love. Instead, as he turned the corner toward middle age, he found himself fired from his radio job and divorced from the woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through the usual means - angry yoga, hoarding, Viagra addiction, dating his stalker, cooking for spite, overdosing on recovery, becoming a cat person - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back. This is a story about the wild interior life of a grown-up facing the black chasm of failure and finding a way, however crazily, through it all, told with Maron's trademark wit, honesty, absurdism, and occasional flights of genius.
An irreverent and punishingly funny memoir about love, addiction, and failure from the host of the wildly popular WTF podcast. Marc Maron was an angst-filled comedian who dreamed of a simple normal life, a sitcom, and love. Instead, as he turned the corner toward middle age, he found himself fired from his radio job and divorced from the woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through the usual means - angry yoga, hoarding, Viagra addiction, dating his stalker, cooking for spite, overdosing on recovery, becoming a cat person - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back. This is a story about the wild interior life of a grown-up facing the black chasm of failure and finding a way, however crazily, through it all, told with Maron's trademark wit, honesty, absurdism, and occasional flights of genius.
An irreverent and punishingly funny memoir about love, addiction, and failure from the host of the wildly popular WTF podcast. Marc Maron was an angst-filled comedian who dreamed of a simple normal life, a sitcom, and love. Instead, as he turned the corner toward middle age, he found himself fired from his radio job and divorced from the woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through the usual means - angry yoga, hoarding, Viagra addiction, dating his stalker, cooking for spite, overdosing on recovery, becoming a cat person - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back. This is a story about the wild interior life of a grown-up facing the black chasm of failure and finding a way, however crazily, through it all, told with Maron's trademark wit, honesty, absurdism, and occasional flights of genius.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780812992878
Characteristics: xx, 210 pages ;,22 cm.

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jrn520
Oct 05, 2018

The "Whole Food" chapter is worth the price of admission. I'm a big fan, in part because he shows the neuroses that I think most creative people have in part. This comment from a linear, logical non-creative person.

joaopedrolopes Nov 29, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book because I fell Marc Maron is coming from deep within, opening all the barriers and exposing himself, his history, his character, in the same kind of personal way that defines his podcast interviews and that makes him so successful. If you are a podcast regular you will already know some or many of the stories, but they are so hilarious and told in such a peculiar way, that is more than worth it to read them, even when repeated. Highly recommend you this book for a lot of good laughs and for a bit more life philosophy (in a good way) that many of you might think when buying the book.

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JCLRachelSH
Nov 21, 2013

If Charles Bukowski did stand-up, it might be a little like Marc Maron. Everyone who likes comedy has their own reasons and favorite styles; I think mine is that it’s a handy outlet for laughing at all the crazy, dark crap people go through. After basically failing at life — drug addiction, getting fired, ruining two marriages — Marc finally found his groove with his WTF podcast, and here he explores similar dark territory: neurotic anxiety, anger… and cats! At its heart is a remarkable longing to connect emotionally with other people, which is what makes Marc’s humor so wonderful. Marc Maron proves that comedy is not just entertainment but can be art.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"The comedian recounts stories from his life, from hitting rock bottom to hosting a successful podcast." September 2013 Biography and Memoir http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=678915

metalpoet Jul 08, 2013

hilarious in its honesty and darkness from which this podcasting comedian has podcasted his way to relevance and truth and even love in all that he does utilizing his dark wit and his philosophical musical and sometimes deep literary meaning of life ponderings.

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