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