Dating your mom ian frazier

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 a shouting, foot-stomping, rafter-shaking exception to this rule.

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Dating your mom ian frazier

Anyone who has not seen John Maynard Keynes doing his famous strut, or Duncan Grant playing his bass while flat on his back, can now get an idea of what he’s been missing!

The Bloomsbury Group has always stood for seriousness about art and skepticism about the affectations of the self-important, and it has been opposed to the avowed philistinism of the English upper classes.

So after the set Diz comes up to me and he says, "Sailcat, I got this chick that you just got to hear.

Man, this chick can So he takes me over to Dan Wall’s Chili Joint on Seventh Avenue, and in the back there they got a small combo—two horns, some skins, and a buddy of mine named Biddy Fleet on guitar.

Normally The New Yorker is a bit of xenobiology for those not in NYC, but Frazier manages to tickle and torture the funny bone. So rather than dissect some of the funny parts and ruin the joke for you let's just look at the set-ups for Frazier's essays.

-An examination of Frazier's apartment after the Fall of Saigon; -A lethal number called "A Killion"; -The Solzhenitsyn's social calendar; and -A reading list for Young Writers ("Bleak House: That's the one with the car chase, right? The title essay, "Dating Your Mom," is both eerie and hysterical.

After reading the dark histories of the Third Reich and realizing how totally barmy the man at the top of it was, Frazier's vision does not seem all that far-fetched.

Frazier knows that literary comedy is a tightrope act.

Later, of course, he really started cookin’ and smokin’.

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