From the opening essay, “The Bloomsbury Group Live at the Apollo (Liner Notes from the New Best-Selling Album)” to the title piece that discusses ways in which you might begin a romance with your mother (“In today’s fast-moving, transient, rootless society, where people meet and make love and part without ever really touching, the relationship every guy already has with his own mother is too valuable to ignore...”) to a parody that features Samuel Beckett as a pilot giving an existential in-flight speech to the passengers, the twenty-five comic essays in this delightful collection are nothing short of brilliant. Ian Frazier, long considered one of our most treasured humorists, proves that comedy can be just as smart as it is entertaining.
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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, Coyote v. Acme, and most recently The Fish’s Eye. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.