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Loser Goes First: My Thirty-Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation By Dan Kennedy,

  • Title: Loser Goes First: My Thirty-Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation
  • Author: Dan Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9781400053742
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • It all begins on Christmas morning, 1978 Dan Kennedy is ten years old and wants a black Gibson Les Paul guitar, the kind Peter Frampton plays It will be his passport to the coolest only band in the neighborhood Jokerz He doesn t get it Instead, his parents present him with what they think he wants most, a real estate loan calculator called the Loan Arranger and a mIt all begins on Christmas morning, 1978 Dan Kennedy is ten years old and wants a black Gibson Les Paul guitar, the kind Peter Frampton plays It will be his passport to the coolest only band in the neighborhood Jokerz He doesn t get it Instead, his parents present him with what they think he wants most, a real estate loan calculator called the Loan Arranger and a maroon velour pullover shirt with a tan stripe across the chest It is the first of what will become a lifetime of various sized failures, misunderstandings, comical humiliations, and just plain silly choices that have dogged this hipster Proust of youthful loserdom, as author Jerry Stahl has so eloquently called Mr Kennedy.Dan s hilarious and painfully awkward youth soon develops into a uh hilarious and painfully awkward adulthood His first two choices for university are Yale Lit or Drama and Harvard Business , so he reviews his high school transcripts and decides on Butte Community College in Oroville, California, where he studies for about four and a half weeks We could go on here and describe in detail all of Dan s good natured stabs at ambition, but he, himself, sums it all up quite nicely If you ve ever tried and failed miserably at being a rock star no guitar talent , a professional bass fisherman, an extra in the movie Sleepless in Seattle guy drinking martini in bar while Tom Hanks makes a phone call , a Madison Avenue advertising executive, a clerk towel person at a suburban health club named Kangaroo Kourts , an espresso street cart owner and operator in the one neighborhood of that coffee swilling town, Seattle, where, remarkably, no one really seems to drink coffee , a dot millionaire, an MTV VJ, or a forest fire fighter, this book is for you Along the way, a few lessons are learned and we are treated to one of the most original, riotously funny, unsentimental, and offbeat memoirs in recent history Dan s a favorite in McSweeney s and at the very popular Moth readings in New York City We should be happy that he failed so miserably at so many things and took notes
    Loser Goes First My Thirty Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation It all begins on Christmas morning Dan Kennedy is ten years old and wants a black Gibson Les Paul guitar the kind Peter Frampton plays It will be his passport to the coolest only band in the ne

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    1. Laugh out loud funny, which can be kind of a problem if you re reading it in a surgeon s waiting room and no one else seems to be in the mood to listen to you giggle Looking forward to his next one, which I think it due out in February.

    2. My brother got this book for me I love my brother.Dan Kennedy hosts The Moth.I like The Moth a lot.There are some funny anecdotes that made me laugh.Laughing is one of my top three activities.Add all that up and you get.Three stars

    3. Let s take a look at the praise for this book according to back cover Laugh out loud funny False I may have chucked silently to myself a couple times over the course of reading but I may have been thinking about something funnier like nuclear destruction Dan Kennedy first had to read a Laugh out loud funny life False In this book he basically comes off as a lazy slacker with an aversion to any actual work or activity that would be productive to society in general Flat out Brilliant False I can t [...]

    4. Like most of the books that I read, this was a random pull from the library shelf Dan Kennedy is very funny and wrote this book chronicling his attempt to reach adulthood The interesting thing about this book is that it isn t just straight chapters and narrative That normal prose is included, but there are also lists, open letters, imaginary speeches, and a variety of other random things that all come together to tell this story It made me smile quite a few times.

    5. My mind was exhausted I wasn t ready for sleep, but I hadn t the stomach for TV All the magazines and nonfiction books by my bed were just too much I need an easy read easier than any of the few dozen paperback mysteries piled up by my desk.And there it was Dan Kennedy s Loser Goes First read

    6. I read this book yesterday Yep, one book, one day It s that short The book came dangerously close to violating my primary directive of novels don t use characters that take their bad luck and compound on it to make bad luck Clowngirl fell into this hole Confederacy of Dunces did as well Kennedy never quite sank to that level His failures were balanced by his successes, and besides, he s funny That s good enough for me.

    7. This book was in desperate need of an editor I knew I was in trouble when I read the following on page 2 I walked with the epic slow pace of a bishopwith the timing of a monk and the casual sort of confidence not unlike that of a pope or a church owner manager or whatever men happened to walk in churches with a deliberate pace That is just one example of many tortured sentences I made it to page 10 and called it a day.

    8. the title is pretty amazing i like this book s honesty, and occasionally liked its style of humor, but it kinda meanders.

    9. Some deeply hilarious moments, but maybe not enough Seemed like a self help primer for the Judd Apatow set.

    10. Really well written I believe I may have even LOL d A light, quick, easy read great for those of us enjoying an extended adolescence.

    11. Well, I thought this book was good because, it first took place on Christmas 1978 in Southern California, and the main charcter, Dan got a loan calculator, and some GE deejay stuff, as well.Then, in 1979, Dan Kennedy the protagonist in the story, tries to become involved in a rock band at school, but he just gets humiliated by his friends A year later in 1980, his family moves to a small mountain town in northern California to find work because of a transfer, so along the way Dan struggules with [...]

    12. I kept waiting for this to get better and somehow it never did I got this one on the strength of Mountain Man Dance Moves, which Kennedy contributed to and which was one of the funniest books I ve read in the past ten years or so This was a completely different genre, of course a memoir instead of a book of lists so I guess it wasn t quite fair to hold him to such high expectations, especially because he only contributed to the previous book In any event, I was all set to love this, and going on [...]

    13. Not nearly as good as Rock On , his second book, this is a conglomeration of autobiographical detritus and journal entries It reads like the first draft of a screenplay or sitcom or stand up comedy routine A It can t decide what it is, B There are some genuinely funny bits in it C It has no real plot D There s a lot of stuff that s funny if you were there Dan Kennedy can write a devastatingly satirical piece on entertainment Find his light bulb bit from Rock On , it s incredibly funny He has a l [...]

    14. I loved this book, but then Kennedy s work history is somewhat tangential to mine, so I can really relate An autobiographical look at the moments in life when one must step back and ask, Wait, how did I even get to this point , Loser Goes First is a simultaneous shot of confidence and reality for the other lucky losers of the world If you aren t familiar, check out Kennedy s essays on McSweeney s Internet Tendency for a sampling of his sense of humor and style mcsweeneys authors dan

    15. I read this book because I listen to the Moth podcast and I always wondered who Dan Kennedy was Then one day they started advertising the books he s written so I had to go out and find one He writes like he speaks which is very comfortable and easy to read I only gave 3 stars because his narrative doesn t go deep into the different stages of his life It sometimes feels like he is still using humor as a defense mechanism and decided to write a whole book that way Still, it was interesting and I l [...]

    16. I knew 15 pages in that I didn t like this book, but I finished it anyway It just wasn t interesting or funny The author has had opportunity after opportunity dropped in his lap and never shows any appreciation for it Instead, he whines, squanders his chances, and unapologetically lets people down The book was written in a stream of consciousness format that can be great if done properly, but this wasn t All of that could make interesting, though frustrating reading if of were at least funny But [...]

    17. So not exactly the sort of book that requires a year to read, but a fun memoir of a guy whose endless string of wrong turns and poor choices culminates in a whatever happens, happens sort of life strategy Not self help per se, but for a slacker or someone who is having trouble finding their way in life, this book helps to expose the very real fact that that sort of reality is not all that uncommon Reassuring to say the least Very funny at points, pretty witty and dry at points.

    18. A horrible book I guess run on sentences are supposed to be hip like the author, but it was a boring read about an interesting life, with an interesting career path But,the author is self negating to a fault just turning it into a depressing, unfunny joke.If he can write a book on his life, probably any of us can The only positive it shows is that with my weird path of various jobs probably isn t that unusual.

    19. I preferred Dan Kennedy s Rock On , probably because it was focused However this book came first This is basically a self effacing bio of a Generation X er, with all the miserable failures, terrible jobs, and slackerdom that seemed to define many people of my age in the 90s especially Though his tales are often cringe inducing, Kennedy is still a very funny writer If you like his other stuff, you ll enjoy this one, too.

    20. I laughed pretty hard at some choice moments in this book his description of trying to dangle his legs out a window to fool a friend washing dishes on the first floor, which resulted in his falling out the window was pretty hilarious Overall I thought it started strong and petered out His tales of young humiliation were much funnier than his later years of just lucking into things A quick, fun light hearted readbut I still prefer Paul Feig s book Kick Me for a good tale of loserdom.

    21. This is the growing up story well, kind of, as I quit reading far past his legal adulthood but well before his becoming an actual grown up of the author, who through a series of poor decisions and laziness is on the fast track to Loserville Parts of the book were quite funny, but a strong undercurrent of sadness floated just beneath the surface of the story This is one of the few books I ve had on my To Read list for years that I just could not finish.

    22. All I can say about this book is that while reading it I started laughing so hard that I was crying, and I happened to be at the airport and the lady in the chair next to me said that s the best damn book recommendation a person can give Don t know officially if it was really that funny, or if I was just on the verge of a professional nervous breakdown, but either way, I m going to give it 4 stars

    23. I got this from bad for author s I know, some of my books have sold for.01 Cents, I will never make royalties again, just enjoy an eternal Half Life of the embers of print because Rock On was so fricking hysterical And this is, too Except that nobody else gets to be ruefully self deprecating and honest, now, or have any sobered up perspective on adolescence, because you can t top this one

    24. I love a good memoir and Dan Kennedy gives a really good memoir Just like Rock On he rides that perfect balance between honesty, self deprecation and humor that keeps you going It s possible I just really identify with him and that s why I liked it so much but I think there s plenty of us out here enjoy his stories.

    25. I think Dan Kennedy is a really funny, personable, smart guy This book didn t reflect the charisma and humor he brings to speaking engagements, on stage performances, Moth hostings, or even real life conversation The book is funny, all right, but when held in contrast to the real life guy, it seemed a little lackluster Perhaps I m just spoiled by meeting this celebrity author

    26. This book is pretty terrible I found it in a villa among many other not awesome free books I put it into my luggage thinking it would be better than nothing on the plane I was was wrong.It was only mildly entertaining, in the way reality television is I do sort of like the random format But it seems like it would benefit from some editing.

    27. Dan Kennedy s hilarious memoir about his journey of noble life failures, from the junior high school band he never quite joined to his position as creative director of a dotcom that e mailed jokes to its subscribers Here is where I would write the sentence that perfectly sums up this clever, hilarious, and at just the right number of times genuinely moving debut.

    28. I had read his other book about working as a writer for the music business and only months later stumbled onto this earlier book he had done Hilarious read, but I will say that if you don t like it in the first chapter, you re not going to like it any by the last there s a motif here about losing that you either love or hate but if you re on board early you ll be LAUGHING HARD

    29. I think perhaps I related a little too much to the author, ha While I enjoyed the book, the tales of spotty effort and failure reminded me of my own life to a degree I ve gotta start making some changes.

    30. Found it in a book exchange, read it during a day on the beach I admit to occasionally chuckling, but I certainly did not laugh out loud as the cover claims Poorly written, barely structured, not particularly interesting, there s really not too much positive to say about this book.

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