MATT GROENING GIVES US HELL

"Hell in a handbasket."  Who uses handbaskets anymore?  Hell if I know…

Matt Groening knows hell.  He shows us hell.  He gives us hell — from the POV a long-eared white rabbit (Contest: how many philosphical/psychological wisecracks can you make from the image of "long-eared white rabbit") suffering from weltschmertz.  From the sturm of school to the drang of love, Groening’s message seems to be "vae victis" — woe to the vanquished.  And even when it goes right, it’s freaky and wrong! Two words: Akabar, Jeff.  In their little Freudian bubble.  Ick!  LOVE IS HELL is brilliant. The section titles are disarmingly blunt. Funny — yet not.  True — in a "trying to make it sound like a joke, but it’s actually real" kind of way.

  1. LOVE IS HELL
  2. SCHOOL IS HELL
  3. WORK IS HELL
  4. HOW TO GO TO HELL

There are more, but those are the ones I have.

LIH and SIH pretty much remind you of stuff you already know: what types of boy/girl-friends to avoid, which types have "been hunted to extinction".  H2G2H is a conspiracy-theorists dream.  Simply stated — distilled, concentrated anti-establishment rhetoric.  This book, in Mexico/Central/South America, Eastern Europe, or the Middle East would get your testicles electrocuted.  If you were a woman, they would sew some on you just to rip them off.

LIH is super hilarious. It has a lot of cool charts such as "9 Secret Love Techniques That Could Possibly Turn Men Into Putty in Your Hands" (some potential for feasibility but you wouldn’t even want the type of man who would fall for these) and "9 Secret Love Techniques Women Find Well-Nigh Irresistible"  (Which they don’t!).  The truth about fine art.  And my favorite: "Your Guide to Modern Creative Artistic Types — The Writer". 

THE WRITER:

  • Dominant Personality Trait — self-absorption (what are blogs for, after all?)
  • Secondary Personality Traits — pomposity, irritability, whining (just the tip of the iceberg, really.)
  • Distinguishing Features — nervous twitching, bad posture (Please, you’re too kind…)
  • Haunting Question — "Am I just a hack?" (2 true 2 B funny)
  • How to Annoy Them — "But how do you make a living?" (Also works for English majors, dance majors, philosophy majors, poets, artists)

If you like jugular humor, this is great stuff.  If you like THE SIMPSONS, this guy is why.  If you like to be cynical, bitter, and/or supercilious, these are your textbooks.  If you want a career in politics, read ANIMAL FARM, read H2G2H AND WIH — then choose a career that will enable you to keep your soul.

 

 
   

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