Et Tu, Babe

In this book at least Mark Leyner is a late th century Hennie Youngman Who the hell is Hennie Youngman you ask If you aren t older than dirt you may well ask Monsieur Youngman was a stand up

In this book, at least, Mark Leyner is a late 20th century Hennie Youngman. Who the hell is Hennie Youngman, you ask? If you aren't older than dirt, you may well ask. Monsieur Youngman was a stand up comedian whose schtick was telling an infinite number of 2- or 3-line jokes in an extremely rapid-fire manner; almost all of them were as old as he was, but there were so many that a few were funny, by accident.Like I said, Mark Leyner is a late 20th century Hennie Youngman, at least in this book. Many, many short pieces of straining hipster hyperbole rapidly go by. Here's one, in toto: Dear Editors at Swank,Your article on the sensitive areolas of large-breasted women was excellent. Also, thanks for the recipe of paella valenciana that you published in the October Swank. I'm no gourmet chef, but I made the dish for my girlfriend and after dinner she couldn't keep her prosthetic hands off of my veiny nine-inch chorizo.Yes, I know, irony... But, sometimes, there is a somewhat funny bit:-Do you believe in God?-Yes, sir.-Do you believe in an anthropomorphic, vengeful, capricious God who can look down on one man and give him fabulous riches and look down on another and say "you're history" and give him a cerebral hemorrhage?-Yes, sir.But then, moments later, comes something like this:-My great-great-great-great-grandfather was a nobleman in Spain in the fifteenth century and it was he who first discovered that the atomized saliva of hunchbacks enhances the growth of flowers. He, in fact, retained a large staff of hunchbacks to sneeze on his tulips.Ahhh, quel esprit merveilleux ! - You know, sarcasm. From the blurb on the book:In this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather-blazer-wearing, Piranha 793-driving, narcotic-guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and eavesdrops on the erotic fantasies of Victoria's Secret models - which naturally revolve around him.[sic]I can't help but think that Mark Leyner is trying to be a hip, and heterosexual, William Burroughs - a William Burroughs for the New Age. Well, Senator, I knew William Burroughs, and you are no William Burroughs.The Washington Post Book World praises Leyner as "a provocative social critic." Perhaps they had this passage in mind:When I arrive at the Jack Lalanne Health Spa, there is no sign that a clandestine meeting of ultra-right-wing intellectuals and psychics is taking place in its sauna. Yelping aerobics classes, the echo of racquetballs, sweaty florid-faced hausfraus in garish leotards slumped at juice machines, men with hairy jiggling breasts and gelatinous rolls of stretch-marked belly fat grimly tramping on treadmills and Stairmasters - nothing out of the ordinary.This really is the level of the "social criticism" in this book, and of most of the hyperbolic humor, as well. Alright, folks. I never did get my hipster card, so you don't need to demand that I turn it in now. Rating http://leopard.booklikes.com/post/831...The best Et Tu, Babe Author Mark Leyner is a Books In this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather blazer wearing, Piranha 793 driving, narcotic guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and eavesdrops on the erotic fantasies of Victoria s Secret models which naturally revolve around him.Leyner s jet propelled roller derbIn this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather blazer wearing, Piranha 793 driving, narcotic guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and eavesdrops on the erotic fantasies of Victoria s Secret models which naturally revolve around him.Leyner s jet propelled roller derby through the cultures of celebrity, cyberpunk, and rabid egotism is exhilaratingly bizarre, exhaustingly funny and you d better hope it s just fiction.. Mark Leyner is an American postmodernist author.Leyner employs an intense and unconventional style in his works of fiction His stories are generally humorous and absurd In The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Mark s father survives a lethal injection at the hands of the New Jersey penal system, and so is freed but must live the remainder of his life in fear of being executed, at New Jersey s discretion, in any situation and regardless of collateral damage They frequently incorporate elements of meta fiction In the same novel, an adolescent Mark produces a film adaptation of the story of his father s failed execution, although he reads a newspaper review of the movie to the prison s warden, and then dies, before even leaving the prison At the sentence level, Leyner uses sprawling imagery and an extravagant vocabulary, bordering on prose poetry.Leyner has also worked as a columnist for Esquire and George magazines, and as a writer for the MTV program Liquid Television He also co wrote and voiced a short lived series of audio fiction called Wiretap.Leyner is most famously critiqued in David Foster Wallace s essay E Unibus Pluram Television and U.S Fiction Despite this and appearances on David Letterman, Leyner remains a cult figure, though this may change as he switches over to the higher profile world of television development He has not written any novels for quite some time, presumably in order to devote time to this new medium Recently Leyner has collaborated with Dr Billy Goldberg on three humorous, though fact based, books on medicine.He is credited with co authoring the screenplay of War, Inc.. Popular Book Et Tu, Babe I liked this one a lot better than My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist and a bit better than The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, but not quite as much as The Tetherballs of Bougainville, so I'm giving it 4.5 stars, rounded up because WHATEVER, MY PREROGATIVE.
Et Tu, Babe by Mark Leyner In Et Tu, Babe, some might say he is making blood sacrifices at the Hunter S Thompson Shrine of Self Involvement The Mark Leyner of Et Tu, Babe would then simply clock them in the chops with a pool cue and satirize them into submission. Et Tu, Babe by Mark Leyner About Et Tu, Babe In this fiendishly original new novel, Mark Leyner is a leather blazer wearing, Piranha driving, narcotic guzzling monster who has potential rivals eliminated by his bionically enhanced bodyguards, has his internal organs tattooed, and eavesdrops on the erotic fantasies of Victoria s Secret models which naturally revolve around him. Et Tu Babe Et Tu Babe Add a Plot Director Jefery Levy Writer Jefery Levy Added to Watchlist Add to Watchlist View production, box office, company info The Best TV and Movies to Watch in May Check out our editors picks to get the lowdown on the movies and shows we re looking forward to this month. Et Tu, Babe by Mark Leyner, Paperback Barnes Noble Aug , Mark Leyner is the author of two novels, Et Tu, Babe and The Tetherballs of Bougainville two collections of stories, I Smell Esther Williams and Other Stories and My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist and a collection of fiction, plays, and journalism, Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog. Et Tu, Babe Vintage Contemporaries Kindle edition by Jul , Incredible, hilarious, and soon to be lost in time It s as if Douglas Adams had a cocaine, steroid and parrot problem and wrote this novel under a pseudonym Like a line of grade A blow, Et Tu Babe is short, thick and packed with new ideas. ET TU, BABE Lyrics CHRISTOPHER RYE eLyrics et tu, babe On the sidewalk Of the corner Outside heartbroken hotel We re outsiders, honey And that s OK I m alone now, honey et tu, babe The stolen nights of wonder Fall like dust behind us now I know you re wasted, honey In this town Let s go dancing, honey Let s get down The stolen nights of wonder Fall like dust behind us now

  1. Mark Leyner is an American postmodernist author.Leyner employs an intense and unconventional style in his works of fiction His stories are generally humorous and absurd In The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Mark s father survives a lethal injection at the hands of the New Jersey penal system, and so is freed but must live the remainder of his life in fear of being executed, at New Jersey s discretion, in any situation and regardless of collateral damage They frequently incorporate elements of meta fiction In the same novel, an adolescent Mark produces a film adaptation of the story of his father s failed execution, although he reads a newspaper review of the movie to the prison s warden, and then dies, before even leaving the prison At the sentence level, Leyner uses sprawling imagery and an extravagant vocabulary, bordering on prose poetry.Leyner has also worked as a columnist for Esquire and George magazines, and as a writer for the MTV program Liquid Television He also co wrote and voiced a short lived series of audio fiction called Wiretap.Leyner is most famously critiqued in David Foster Wallace s essay E Unibus Pluram Television and U.S Fiction Despite this and appearances on David Letterman, Leyner remains a cult figure, though this may change as he switches over to the higher profile world of television development He has not written any novels for quite some time, presumably in order to devote time to this new medium Recently Leyner has collaborated with Dr Billy Goldberg on three humorous, though fact based, books on medicine.He is credited with co authoring the screenplay of War, Inc.

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  1. I liked this one a lot better than My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist and a bit better than The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, but not quite as much as The Tetherballs of Bougainville, so I m giving it 4.5 stars, rounded up because WHATEVER, MY PREROGATIVE.


  2. In this book, at least, Mark Leyner is a late 20th century Hennie Youngman Who the hell is Hennie Youngman, you ask If you aren t older than dirt, you may well ask Monsieur Youngman was a stand up comedian whose schtick was telling an infinite number of 2 or 3 line jokes in an extremely rapid fire manner almost all of them were as old as he was, but there were so many that a few were funny, by accident.Like I said, Mark Leyner is a late 20th century Hennie Youngman, at least in this book Many, m [...]


  3. Unreadable And I do confess to being obviously ill equipped to read this type of literature But I respect those who do as well as those who also can find something worthwhile in their being immersed and not believing in wasting one s own precious time As J.P Klump liked to say, It takes all kinds to fill the freeway.


  4. Here s your hyperbolic fun Easier to read, traditionally narrative, than his previous two The televisual equivalent is Metalocalypse Seriously.Also important for the Leyner fan is his not to be missed movie War Inc.




  5. I m not entirely sure whether I enjoyed this It was the first by Leyner I ve read and it wasn t a good introduction to his work, I don t think Probably the best thing about it is that it s short Leyner has created a parodic version of himself and the main orders of the day are megalomania and celebrity Some of it is very, very random The writing style goes of on a tangent and it s quite disconcerting Even though I knew to expect this from Leyner s writing, I don t think it worked for me I m a hu [...]


  6. I ve heard it said that this was Leyner s best, but Tetherballs is still my favorite so far I really wish that I could rate this a 5 on language, leaps, and reflection of the modern phenomenon of popular culture and then separately rate it four on my overall impression It really has some impressive and enjoyable aspects, but I felt I had to rate it a little lower just because I didn t grok it as much as Tetherballs and Nutsack Still, it is marvelous writing and Leyner truly moshes to the rhythm [...]


  7. A great, fresh, funny novel with a gripping voice all its own I m kind of surprised I hadn t heard of Leyner before, because his brand of absolute dry devotion to demented premise resonates really strongly with the comedy canon I identify most strongly with think Douglas Adams, Monty Python, Firesign Theater, They Might Be Giants not in content per se, but in finding a new way to be outlandishly silly and running with it in a way that immediately feels familiar and makes you feel a little apart [...]


  8. A strange book, which makes you think OK so who is this Mark guy sleeping with at Vintage How did he get this published What convinced them And all of these thoughts came to me while reading the first ten pages Then you slowly get the hang of it It still works as a list of semi developed ideas for a cheap almost Mike Hammer style soap opera, but at least you realise that all these fantasy notes revolve around the main character named wait yes, you guessed it Mark Leyner Some of the notes are fun [...]


  9. Mark Leyner has a style like no other I have seen his work labeled by others as both postmodern and cyberpunk I m not sure if either of these really apply, but almost all of his work makes me giddy when I read it This book is essentially a supposed look into his life as a famous writer Basically combine every story of excess that you have ever heard about William Burroughs, Hunter Thompson, and Dylan Thomas and you have a general sense of a day at the office for Mark Leyner the character We also [...]


  10. just as much fun as My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist in fact, maybe even so but as a novel, it actually has a structure and therefore after a while gets somewhat, um, OKAY SO PREDICTABLE IS DEFINITELY NOT THE WORD i guess it just has of a one note feel but still, whatever, the guy is brilliant though i fear he might be driving me insane.Like ballistic war cannoli that fly through the sky and plunge into people s mouths at incredible speeds, rigid microscopic larval creatures hurtle through tim [...]


  11. A Mark Leyner sentence is a beautiful thing It starts out like your average sentence but somewhere in the middle takes a plunge into complete lunacy This book is filled with many, many such sentences, which when piled on top of each other comprise a very funny book.A lazy comparison would be David Foster Wallace at his most absurd, but that would do no justice to the madness contained here Leyner doesn t really care about exploring his characters emotions, nor stirring yours, so the humor might [...]


  12. Is Mark Leyner a genius or an egotist In Et Tu, Babe, some might say he is making blood sacrifices at the Hunter S Thompson Shrine of Self Involvement The Mark Leyner of Et Tu, Babe would then simply clock them in the chops with a pool cue and satirize them into submission.Leyner manages to capture the fever dreams of Burroughs, the sci fi sarcasm of Vonnegut, and yes, the megalomania of Thompson in one novel It all works startlingly well Enter with gusto and submit to the exquisiteness of this [...]


  13. Mark Leyner seems to be torn between trying to be William S Burroughs and Buckaroo Banzai Using his alter ego as protagonist for his books is amusing, but does make the reader wonder if he s an egotistical bastard, or merely self satirizing I m sure there are fans out there who will argue that he s poking fun at the fleeting nature of celebrity, and the ridiculous lengths to which fans will go for their heroes They might be correct, but that still doesn t diminish the impression that he s just u [...]


  14. I m not quite sure what to think of this book.On the one hand, it was an amusing read, pure and simple On the other hand, it was completely lacking in plot or anything that a story should have I m not sure that this book is supposed to function like a normal story, however, which is what makes it difficult to judge It s obviously a parodya parody of memoir, a parody of celebrity, and parody of pop culture, and it is for these reasons that it s amusing As a story though, it quite frankly sucked.


  15. Leyner has an extensive and wide open imagination.Anybody can go out and get a tattoo on their body, but it takes a real man, like Mark Leyner, to have his sternum cut open and have his left ventricle inked with radioactive goo visible only on x rays.From killer nonagenarian bodyguards to the morning breath of Abraham Lincoln to cult leader, Mark Leyner makes this bizarro story about the worlds most influential author, Mark Leyner, leap from the page.


  16. If you squander your precious beautiful days on meaningless labor whose ultimate purpose is to further enrich the ruling elite or solidify the hegemony of the state you re a sucker Yes, I ve memorized entire sections of this book It s one of my top ten all time favorites It was recommended by Matt Groenig, and Blurbed by Tom Robbins, little need be said.


  17. I couldn t even finish this book, it was so grating I came close, but realized three quarters through that it wasn t getting any better Reading it felt like I was with a date who was trying to hard to be something she wasn t, and didn t or wouldn t take my hints that that approach wasn t impressing me Tosh


  18. this guy was hilarious for like five years in the mid 90s, and now for some reason, he is guest writing the fashion dos and don ts in us weekly mariah carey like mariah scarey or some bullshit like that it makes me sad don t ever buy the audiobook version of this because they take out all of the swearing and the dirty parts, so it s like 15 minutes long.


  19. I finished this book feeling like I needed to read absolutely everything by Mark Leyner I can t get enough of his self parodying, verbose, hyperactive prose This book was like brain candy, in the best way very Burroughs esque, very self conscious and postmodern, so very 90s It s delightful He is such a smart, playful writer.


  20. Comfortably resting somewhere on the borderline of complete incoherence and an organized encyclopedia of pop colture jokes, Et Tu Babe is bibliophied decay, masked as offbeat humor The beginning paragraph will typefy the whole novel for you, and


  21. There are moments where the wackiness for its own sake disappoints, but otherwise, I recommend this for anyone interested in a hysterical first person account of a megalomaniacal writer the most intense, and in a certain sense, significant young prose writer in America.


  22. Hard to know how to even think about or talk about this book So unique The writing is absurd and often hilarious Leyner s vocabulary is ridiculously broad and impressively precise I m glad I read this on a kindle and had immediate access to a dictionary I think I liked it


  23. Read it because the New York Times did an article on Leyner last week.There were some funny parts, but he has centered the story on himself Billed as a bizarre satire, I merely found it self indulgent and bizarre.


  24. I can t remember when I last read this, but like a junkie, I had to have Surreal, twisted, perceptive and completely unpredictable That can be said for all of his books Think of Sedaris on peyote.




  25. Loved it at the start, but got a bit worn out by the lack of narrative it s clever in a wordy fashion though Celebrity fact It s Harry Hill s favourite book.



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