Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation

Will Not Attend Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation Adam Resnick an Emmy Award winning writer for NBC s Late Night with David Letterman has spent his entire life trying to avoid interaction with people While courageously admitting to being euphorical

  • Title: Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation
  • Author: Adam Resnick
  • ISBN: 9780399160387
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Adam Resnick, an Emmy Award winning writer for NBC s Late Night with David Letterman, has spent his entire life trying to avoid interaction with people While courageously admitting to being euphorically antisocial and sick in the head, he allows us to plunge even deeper into his troubled psyche in this unabashedly uproarious memoir in essays where we observe Resnick sAdam Resnick, an Emmy Award winning writer for NBC s Late Night with David Letterman, has spent his entire life trying to avoid interaction with people While courageously admitting to being euphorically antisocial and sick in the head, he allows us to plunge even deeper into his troubled psyche in this unabashedly uproarious memoir in essays where we observe Resnick s committed indifference to family, friends, strangers, and the world at large His mind shaped by such touchstone events as a traumatic Easter egg hunt when he was six which solidified his hatred of parties and overwrought by obsessions, including one with a plastic shopping bag which solidified his hatred for change , he refuses to be burdened by chores like basic social obligation and personal growth, living instead by his own steadfast rule I refuse to do anything I don t want to do Cut from a similar if somewhat stranger cloth as Albert Brooks or Louis C.K Resnick is the crazy, miserable bastard you can t help rooting for, and the brilliant Will Not Attend showcases this seasoned comedy writer at his brazenly hilarious best.

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    1. Consider this a very strong three-and-a-half-star review. Adam Resnick is what you'd get if you bent Sedaris over, told him to open wide, and rammed a stick up his butt as far as it would go. He's cranky and hates just about everything, but he's observant and often hysterical. Sometimes it feels like he's not really offering anything new to the humorous-memoir-in-essay genre and there isn't a lot of growth happening here. He definitely abides by the Larry David "no hugging, no learning" rule, bu [...]

    2. In the 90s all of my friends jumped on the Seinfeld bandwagon and I never got it. All the characters were not nice people and I remember trying to watch it all the time and wondering why everyone loved this show. I specifically hated George Costanza and never understood his character. I think Will Not Attend is much like Seinfeld in that I don’t know how to assimilate that type of humor well especially in a book where I supply my own timing, it just doesn’t match up exactly. I enjoyed a few [...]

    3. The title of this book immediately appealed to me as I am an introvert and somewhat anti-social. I had high hopes after reading that the author, Adam Resnick, is a former writer for Late Night with David Letterman. The book (particularly the first half)definitely provided some good laughs. Towards the end of the book,however,things took a turn for the worse. The author still managed to cajole some laughs out of me, but I found that the undertone of sadness prevailed. I was left feeling downright [...]

    4. beautiful My purpose is now clear: to get all of you to read this masterpiece. If you don't find it the perfect book, that is all I need to know about you.

    5. ARC for review.I will temper my not-so-great review by saying that in my experience if you want to truly enjoy books by comedians or comedic writers it's best to get the audio version. There is definitely something hearing versus reading comedy. And I read this one. However, you CAN do it successfully (see Bossypants). After reading that author Adam Resnick was a staff writer for "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live" I had very high hopes for this book. I probably should ha [...]

    6. Quick, entertaining read. Clever way to explore growing up in dysfunction. Proof that humor often masks deep pain, and laughter is cathartic.

    7. Humor is a risky genre. A romance or historical fiction can be a little dull, wander a bit, and perhaps get away with it, but when something isn't funny, it really just isn't. Happily, that is not a problem for Mr. Resnick, who has been writing humor for others, including David Letterman, for a good long while, but not as much as himself. Here he is. Thanks for the free book, Blue Rider Press, but thanks even more to Adam Resnick, because there is seldom anything any of us need more than a good [...]

    8. I would give it three-and-a-half stars if I could. Somehow, I just couldn't bring myself to give it four, even though it made me laugh a lot. I begrudgingly liked this book for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on. I mean, I don't know exactly why I "begrudgingly" liked it. I guess some of the stories kind of fell flat at the end. The best ones were about his bad-ass dad and his psychopathic brothers. The one about his sister-in-law just made him seem like a complete asshole, though. [...]

    9. I just could not get into this book. I think the author was playing up his jerkitude, and - bravo - it worked for me as a reader. I get that he feels some sort of weird mix of self-superiority and victimhood, and that's all well and good if one's got the chops and the life experience to back it up. I don't feel he conveyed any of that. Some of his phrasings were delightful and made me laugh, but those were few and far between. Mostly, he came off as a giant dick. His insults (pointing out a wait [...]

    10. An entertaining collection of stories about growing up and coping with being a grown-up, Adam Resnick's memoir should suit fans of David Sedaris. A description of his anecdotes might not sell the book (the time he finally told his sister-in-law what he thinks of her, his short-lived career as an insurance salesman, etc) but each is likeably delivered with the kind of craft that prove Resnick is well suited to his comedy-writer career: the insurance industry's loss was comedy's gain.

    11. I received a free copy of **Will Not Attend** by Adam Resnick from Penguin's First-To-Read program in return for which I agreed to do a review. I couldn't be happier with the choice I made or that I was approved to read this book.Adam Resnnick is an Emmy-Award winning writer who has written for Saturday Night Live as well as being a co-executive producer for The Larry Sanders Show. He has other writing creds for different shows, but SNL and TLSS are the two with which I am most familiar. This bo [...]

    12. Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation by Adam Resnick (an Emmy Award-winning writer for NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman) is a 272 page humorous memoir of sorts. I received a copy of the book from the First Reads program. While a review isn’t mandatory, of course I’m pleased to write one.Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and IsolationThis book is exactly what it says it is: lively stories of detachment and isolation. Resnick takes the reader through [...]

    13. Summary (from ): Adam Resnick, an Emmy Award-winning writer for NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, has spent his entire life trying to avoid interaction with people. While courageously admitting to being "euphorically antisocial" and "sick in the head," he allows us to plunge even deeper into his troubled psyche in this unabashedly uproarious memoir-in-essays where we observe Resnick’s committed indifference to family, friends, strangers, and the world at large. His mind shaped by such t [...]

    14. Maybe I just didn't get his humor or thought process orwell, anything. I'm a big believer in the "right" reader finding the "right" book. This was definitely not the case this time around. Mostly, I didn't believe him. There's a fine line between stories that are outrageously true and those that are too outrageous to be true. I'm not calling Resnick a liar but the stories felt over-embellished to a point where they didn't ring true to real life. Many parts were overwritten. You hate everything a [...]

    15. I'm not exactly sure why I finished reading this book - I guess it's because I loathe starting something and then not finishing it. Maybe it was because I thought, "It's got to get better." I guess some of the stories weren't completely horrible, but for the most part I found nothing appealing about this book. It was supposed to be funny (at least that's what I surmised from the platitudes on the book jacket written by Dave Letterman and Jon Stewart), but I didn't find anything humorous in any o [...]

    16. This is exactly the book I needed to read at the minute. It's also the kind of book I would like to write one day -short, shallow, and cheap laughs. The stories are mostly childhood recollections with a few modern parenting stories. I especially liked (though Resnick clearly didn't) reading about his rough and tumble upbringing with five brothers and a father who liked to fight. Three stories in particular stood out - one where he tries to buy weed for a girl he thinks might sleep with him, but [...]

    17. Some of the stories were hysterical in this book (the first two chapters in particular), and Resnick is a talented and descriptive writer. I ended up on a lower number of stars because in the end, I felt vaguely depressed after reading it. Some stories were just sad or had no real point and, while I can certainly appreciate a story-for-story's-sake thing, the glimpses into Resnick's generally unhappy life were often kind of bleak. If you like humor, I recommend this book for the first two chapte [...]

    18. Another book of short stories. Again, I don't usually read these but the cover caught my eye at the library and I picked this up. A quick read and so funny at times I laughed out loud. Not great literature by any means but gave it 4 stars anyway.

    19. Will Not Attend is a little like getting invited to dinner with Adam Resnick. He has the seat of honor at the head of the table, and he's got a crazy leer on his face, like he's about to do something unspeakable to the mashed potatoes or the roast chicken.So you take your seat, with a little apprehension, because you're not so sure you're going to like what he does with those mashed potatoes, that crazy grin. You notice the restraints on the chair you're about to sit in."Don't worry," says the m [...]

    20. "Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation" is by far the funniest book I've read in a long time. Adam Resnick, a writer for "Late Night with David Letterman" and other outlets, doesn't like to *do* things. I can totally relate to his social anxiety and also share his dark sense of humor. Combined, those two things made this the perfect book for me. The 15 autobiographical essays/short stories in "Will Not Attend" are honest, wonderfully written, andFUNNY!My two favorite essays [...]

    21. I will start off by saying I did really like this book and am happy I bought it. After the first two chapters of laughing out loud hysterically I was prepared to anoint the book one of the funniest I had ever read but sadly the hysterical laughs diminished as I went further and what developed was a humourous book of a man going through life as the ultimate pessimist. Entertaining, yes, but I was sad the laughs weren't sustained throughout. Maybe it was my mood, but I think it was more that the s [...]

    22. This is really a 3.5 out of 5 star book for me.Pros:1. Strong, comedic voice. There are times when Resnick's voice (though that's almost not a strong-enough word, it's almost like a developed and honed persona here) really shines through, and that's when the writing is the strongest. Though it's meant to be memoir-like, there are parts when it feels more stand-up-comedy rant, and that's when it actually flows the best, when you can almost picture a younger, maybe slightly-less-angry Lewis Black [...]

    23. "When it comes to bad stuff, there's nothing too small that's not worth dwelling on forever."Adam Resnick walks the tightrope between self-deprecation and self-loathing, but also hates, fears, and loathes pretty much everyone else. The autobiographical essays collected here are mostly very funny. I could occasionally sympathize with the writer but he comes off as someone who is funny and entertaining but that you'd probably not really want to spend time with -- somewhere between Woody Allen and [...]

    24. Adam Resnick was a writer for Late Night with David Letterman in the 80's and was a co-conspirator with Chris Elliott on his most famous stuff (Cabin Boy, Get A Life). This book is a collection of essays about his life which shows him to be antisocial, difficult and having contempt for most basic human interaction. Naturally, I loved it. The chapter where he antagonizes his sister-in-law on a trip to Disney World should be required reading for anyone who doesn't understand why people hate that p [...]

    25. Adam Resnick has a perfectly reasonable aversion to social situations. Some people would say he "has issues" like repressed anger and self-loathing. He does have a certain defensive pessimism, but he is also very funny, which excuses a lot. At times the tone of the book reminded me of Jean Shepherd, he of 'A Christmas Story' fame. Like Shepherd, Resnick mixes nostalgia with brutal honesty and self-depreciation. The fact that the first piece in the collection is titled 'An Easter Story' almost in [...]

    26. Whoa, this guy has serious problems. Then again, growing up in a profanity-laden family with five psychotic brothers can do that to a person-- though it does make for funny anecdotes. Most of the short essays in the book are entertaining and easy to read, but it can get overwhelmingly negative when read in one sitting. I'd recommend short doses. Resnick's misanthropic rants can get unpleasant, especially if you're a nice person who doesn't find being nasty or insulting people amusing. Me, I foun [...]

    27. There were certainly some laugh out loud moments in this memoir but overall I found it a little unengaging. Resnick does write well and this is quite an easy read and as I say, there are some amusing anecdotes here telling the stories that lead to him becoming detached and generally someone who dislikes other people but this link is somehow not that solid in my view. This book also suffers from an issue common to such accounts, namely that they tend to be a series of anecdotes that can become a [...]

    28. This book is exceptionally misanthropic, but it's also funny as hell. Resnick's all encompassing cynicism might not be for everyone, but I don't have a problem laughing at a world where everyone is misshapen, dumb and cruel. (Seriously, the same way everyone is always out to get a Kafka protagonist everyone is out to destroy Resnick in this book.) When I saw that he was going to go to Disneyworld in one of the essays I strapped in because I knew it was going to be goodThere were several times wh [...]

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