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by Bob Garfield

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ISBN:
0684832186
Author:
Bob Garfield
Category:
Humor
Language:
English
Publisher:
Scribner; First Edition edition (June 6, 1997)
Pages:
320 pages
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1778 kb
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Rating:
4.2
Votes:
625


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All the stories are loosely tied to the theme of "the road to success

over the past decade. Seeking out our country's eccentrics, dreamers, and wild-eyed "get-rich-quick" speculators, Garfield relates their quirky, sometimes funny, and sometimes sad stories in a slightly bemused tone. All the stories are loosely tied to the theme of "the road to success. You hear about the people who are planning to get rich by farming earthworms, poetry slams, the last professional human cannonball, selling condoms as key chains, and much, much, more.

As the humorist proves, the. Waking up screaming from the American dream: NPR's roving correspondent reports from the bumpy road to success. Garfield lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his film-producer wife, Milena Trobozic Garfield, and youngest daughter.

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book by Bob Garfield. Waking up Screaming from the American Dream : NPR's Roving Correspondent Reports from the Bumpy Road to Success.

As the humorist proves, the pursuit, while often noble, is just as often fruitless.

He is a co-host of On the Media from WNYC, alongside Brooke Gladstone. He is also the host of The Genius Dialogues from Audible

He is a co-host of On the Media from WNYC, alongside Brooke Gladstone. He is also the host of The Genius Dialogues from Audible.

NPR's Roving Correspondent Reports From the Bumpy Road to Success. 'Waking Up Screaming From the American Dream,'' a collection of radio essays for National Public Radio (and the occasional longer piece for The Washington Post), is peopled with magnificent losers out to prove - well, something.

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and .

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. Bob Garfield's Chaos Scenario .

A collection of humorous American oddities, including the Accountant Hall of Fame, earthworm farmers, and the town that added an exclamation point to its name to perk up its economy
  • Ginaun
Five stars for the writing, one star for the theme of half the book.

The quarter of the book devoted to Bob Garfield’s personal experiences is some of the funniest writing I’ve ever read — in fact, Garfield’s piece on buying a sports car in middle age may be the funniest thing I have ever read. In the section of miscellaneous pieces, his reportage of alternate cancer treatments is searing and unforgettable.

The first half of the book was a painful read. Most of these articles were about people who had tried and failed at offbeat business ventures, losing a lot of money in the process. That in itself was distinctly unfunny, and it soured me even more to wonder if Garfield had ambushed his subjects, making them think he was conducting a serious interview and giving them no inkling that they would be held up to ridicule. I particularly remember the nervous young man who’s trying unsuccessfully to persuade publishers to take a chance on his niche magazine, one designed for bathroom reading; there was nothing remotely funny about his flop sweat and lost capital.
  • Manona
This is a book you read for the writing. I deeply admire Bob Garfield's talent, and not just because we share an alma mater!

In fact, the subjects of these sometimes brief, sometimes extended, profiles made me want to stop reading at times. Garfield interviews some pathetic, mentally ill, delusional, hopeless and even criminal people. I didn't find reading about them laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, some people are horrifying, such as the mad-inventor duo in Mexico with the cancer "treatment." Others, like the inventor of the Speakeasy phone receiver cover, are amusing, but ultimately sad as well.

In his introduction, the writer celebrates the tireless effort and boundless optimism of his subjects. Yet they don't inspire me to make a grab for the American dream. Rather,they make me want to retreat into a nice, stable, 9-to-5 job. Maybe that's the ultimate message of this book.
  • Kefrannan
This is a collection of quirky stories about quirky people that the author happened upon in his work as a journalist. All the stories are loosely tied to the theme of "the road to success." You hear about the people who are planning to get rich by farming earthworms, poetry slams, the last professional human cannonball, selling condoms as key chains, and much, much, more.
Although most of the stories are quite funny, I really felt empathy for some of the people in them. All were just trying to get ahead, using ideas that most of us would consider to be doomed from the beginning. A couple made me feel down-right sad, especially the one about people trying to hit the big time with a cure for cancer. Instead of being amused by the investors' arrogance of thinking they had a miracle cure for cancer, I was deeply saddened to read about their desperate, terminally ill patients.
As a whole, however, the stories are quite amusing and entertaining. Reading the table of contents will give you just a small hint of what is to be found in this book.