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Me of Little Faith af Lewis Black
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Me of Little Faith (original 2008; udgave 2008)

af Lewis Black

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Lewis Black, the hilariously mad-as-hell Daily Show regular and New York Times-bestselling author, explores how the rules and constraints of religion have affected his life and the lives of us all. Hilarious experiences with rabbis, Mormons, gurus, psychics, and even the joy of a perfect round of golf give Black the chance to expound upon what we believe and why--in the language of a shock jock and with the heart of an iconoclast.--From amazon.com.… (mere)
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Titel:Me of Little Faith
Forfattere:Lewis Black
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2008), Hardcover, 256 pages
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This book did not turn out as I expected: I expected a critique of religion and defense of humanism. I got that, but I also got a hodge-podge of stories about Black's spiritual experiences (not all of them drug-induced). He includes a ludicrous story in which he is flabbergasted that an astrology book pinpoints people who share his ex-wife's birthday as particularly incompatible with him. He falsely declares that the odds of this are enormous (no; they're only 1 in 30, since he was already looking at a book about HER SIGN, which only contains 30 birthdays!). Anyway, if you enjoy Black's screaming style, the book is mostly consistent with that. I could have done without the final CD, which seems to pad the book by tacking on a reproduction of a show he did some years back. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
If you like Lewis Black, whether from his stand-up comedy or from his work at The Daily Show, then you will probably like this book. I did not rate it higher because it does slow a bit at the end. However, it is worth reading. Black combines humor with memoir and commentary to reflect on his relationship with religion. More importantly, he reminds us of the importance of humor, especially when it comes to religion. The deity, whatever form it takes, must have a sense of humor, so we should have some sense of humor as well when it comes to religion. The early part of the book is the best part. Along the way, we get a look at politics, G.W. Bush, Muslims, Christians, and even Mormons; Black pretty much covers a lot of territory in this book. I did like it overall, and I think a good number of people should read it. Maybe it would help them be less uptight. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
What can you say about a joke but that, "it's all in the delivery"?

I love Lewis Black in performance, but his words in print don't have the same kick as his on-stage persona. As the title of this book implies, its focus is on Black's thoughts on religion, and they don't really pack much punch. So Mr. Black doesn't have a high opinion of institutionalized religion and thinks "born-again Christians" are a bunch of yahoos. That's hardly cutting-edge. And targeting self-proclaimed gurus and TV evangelists is shooting fish in a barrel. His remarks on these subjects might be funny on stage, filtered through his perfected ranting style. But on the page? Meh.

He also takes some time to write semi-seriously about his a couple of his experiences, including the death of his brother and his encounters with a psychic, but I doubt many of his fans would buy this book to hear Mr. Black speak seriously.

The book ends with the script of a play Mr. Black wrote back during the Reagan administration (!). Not only does it feel like padding, but the play is truly awful.

There is only funny bit: the characterization of hell as a modern airline terminal, complete with cancelled flights and delays on the tarmac. In it, I could hear the rant. More of this would have made a great book. ( )
  kvrfan | Aug 19, 2016 |
Parts of this book were hysterically funny, and much of it was very perceptive, skewering the more bizarre aspects of organized religion while maintaining a light tone. There are a few chapters (particularly the play at the end of the book) that could have been left out, but for the most part this was very enjoyable. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
Fairly amusing, occasionally insightful, and a couple laugh-out-loud places. Can hardly ask more from a comedian's book than that. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Just give me one thing/ I can hold on to/ To believe in this living/ Is just a hard way to go. - John Prine, "Angel from Montgomery"
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This book is dedicated to my parents, Sam and Jeanette Black. You can blame them. If you do, you will get a call from my mother./

Since this book was first published George Carlin died. I would also like to dedicate this book to his memory. He was a huge influence and help in my career.
And the world is a less funny place without him./

And to all the others who watch over me. Ron Black. Bill Foeller. Rusty Magee. Laurie Beechman. Tommy Gardner.
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I can think of no better place to write a book about religion than this, my ancestral homeland, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I attended the University of North Carolina as an undergraduate. (Preface)
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Lewis Black, the hilariously mad-as-hell Daily Show regular and New York Times-bestselling author, explores how the rules and constraints of religion have affected his life and the lives of us all. Hilarious experiences with rabbis, Mormons, gurus, psychics, and even the joy of a perfect round of golf give Black the chance to expound upon what we believe and why--in the language of a shock jock and with the heart of an iconoclast.--From amazon.com.

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