Monday, April 15, 2013

Mentally Incontinent

My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013.  I just finished book 31.

Mentally Incontinent (that time I burned down a Hooters, that time my stalker crashed on my couch, and nine other stories from my weird life) by Joe Peacock

Joe Peacock has many strange life stories, and he began posting those stories on the website he founded,  Labelled a biography (although it's presented with a wink at the seemingly blurred line between reality and embellishment), visitors to his website voted on their favorite stories and the winners are the stories in this book.

My opinion:
I didn't know anything about Joe or the website when I saw this at the library, but I enjoy short stories and that was enough for this random reader to give it a try.  He's an engaging, interesting writer.  Most of the stories were about stupid things he's done, and I liked them in the "wow, I'm glad I don't have to deal with him in real life" kind of way.  But the last story ("The Walmart Story") made me cringe - it involved humiliation of others on a grand scale and I'm too softhearted to find the humor in that.

Overall, it was a quick, mostly enjoyable read, but I'm not going to run to his website and read everything he's ever written.

My favorite story:
"The Hospital is No Place to Spend Your Birthday"

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