Lamentations of the Father

Lamentations of the Father

Book - 2009
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Ian Frazier is unquestionably one of America's greatest living humorists, a writer with a distinct, generous sensibility and a thousand different voices. His work is hilarious, elegant, and piercing, drawing on high and low culture to expose the warped line of thought running beneath our public selves. When The Atlantic Monthly published four humorists among the best writing ever to appear in the magazine, they chose essays by Mark Twain, James Thurber, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ian Frazier's "Lamentations of the Father." This collection, gathered from the past fourteen years of his career, once again proves him worthy of that great company.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2009, c2008
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312428358
0312428359
Characteristics: viii, 194 p. ; 21 cm

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elloyd74
Oct 07, 2009

Winner of the 2009 Thurber Prize (Frazier's the only person to have won it twice). Which essays literally made me LOL and/or gasp at Frazier's cleverness? The classic title essay, "Th-Th-That's Not All, Folks," "Techno-Thriller," "The Cursing Mommy Cookbook," "Veni, Vidi, Vici, Etc.," "Warmer, Warmer," "Downpaging." Recommended for fans of McSweeney's-type humor, David Sedaris, etc--liberal-leaning, literature-informed wit.

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