In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, and host of truTVs Talk Show the Game Show.From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside looking in.Self-taught, introspective, and from a stiflingly boring farm town, he couldnt relate to his neighbors. While other boys played outside, he stayed indoors reading Greek mythology. And being gay and overweight, he got used to diminishing himself. But little by little, he started learning from all the sad, strange, lonely outcasts in history who had come before him, and he started to feel hope.In this collection of personal essays, Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at Berkeleyand stirring up controversy in a newspaper column that led to a runin with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of be...
|Title||:||My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture Reviews
I didn’t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was—this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who, outside of his mother, didn’t understand him. At all. So he resorted to books to look for kinship, knowledge, and safety. His favorite stories when he was a kid were stories from mythology, which sounds a lot like my ...more
I found this delightful, but as with much of Guy's other material it depends more on understated pop culture references than traditional setup-punchline joke structure. Wish it were available on Whispersync.
More like 3.5? Repetitive and meandering, but he's funny and has both a unique perspective and good story to tell.
The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely.
I was reminded recently when hearing Guy on a podcast that I've been meaning to read this book and while I am not very familiar with him, I immediately became a fan. The world of celebrity/comedian essay/memoir books is growing and while there are several very strong entries, they can also be a bit of a mess. But Guy's book carves out its own unique space, examining many of the central moments in his life through pop culture, and has a distinctive voice that makes it a real joy. I loved his ridi ...more
I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested.
To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoirs I've read have been funny, or at least, tried to be funny. My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture didn't.
The book is really a memoir of someone's life as an outsider in a medium-sized, admittedl ...more
I LOVED this book. I'm familiar with Guy Branum's work but wasn't really a superfan or anything coming into this, but I was so impressed with how smart and funny and insightful he is. From the subtitle (and from other books I've read) I was a little nervous about this being a deep dive into sitcoms I never watched, but instead it's something much more universal. (While also specifically being a powerful story of growing up a closeted gay teen and later coming out as an adult, and processing the ...more
I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those things as well if you read this book and remember even 1/3 of the references - there's a Jenny Holzer allusion, FFS!)
Though this book is full of humorous autobiographical essays, it's also got a ton of great insights i ...more