Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: Discussion!
This book debuted #2 on the New York Times bestsellers list for nonfiction. Do you think it merits the hype?
I know we’re going to hear mixed reviews because I’ve talked to a few of you. I know at least one person couldn’t finish it. Several people laughed out loud late into the night and couldn’t put it down. Where do you sit on the spectrum? I’m somewhere in the middle, which should come as no surprise. I’m a longtime, committed David Sedaris fan, so it’s not easy for me to welcome “weird” from someone other than an acerbic gay man with a sing-song voice shrill enough to strip wallpaper. But I did! I have a new appreciation for Jenny Lawson. I never knew much about her, other than the linking to people holding twine or wearing red dresses or saving Christmas. All of which is fine and entertaining, but I felt like I was trying to laugh at jokes where “I had to be there” to appreciate the humor.
I’m not sure how much of this book is republished content, but for me it was a good primer for her blog. I’ve watched videos of her (infrequent) public talks and they’ve all been fantastic. She was supposed to speak at Camp Mighty, but bowed out at the last minute due to health reasons. I was disappointed, because I think she is someone that comes off better in person to those unfamiliar with her work. Without context, it can be unsettling to read about deer suits and cow vaginas. I fully expected her to inspire me at Camp Mighty, and I bet if I heard her speak tomorrow, she would.
I’m afraid this discussion post will be weak. It’s summer and despite best intentions, it’s hard to read when the sun is out and camp is calling. I hope you’ll join in regardless of where you are in the book, and share who your favorite misfit writers are, whether you read The Bloggess regularly, and if you think that had an effect on how you liked the book. Or not. You could just share the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you and call it a day.