Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. Read more...
Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy--of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.
The alt-comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny-because-it's-true memoir about looking around when you're forty and realizing that life is about more than receding hairlines and proving one's manliness on Twitter--it's about laughing at yourself.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Actor and comedian Black delivers a solid, sensitive, and often appropriately silly look at time and family and the body in his second memoir (after Youre Not Doing It Right, which focused on romantic relationships and marriage). Black discusses the ways he began to think about himself from a physical perspective, as opposed to a more mental or creative perspective. This shift began when his mother was diagnosed with a degenerative, inoperable bone condition, and it deepened after he turned 40. Black uses his account of his mothers painful illness as a jumping-off point for hilarious and insightful riffs on religion (Although I cant quite bring myself to believe in God, I pretty much believe in everything else), why he hates running (I, too, have experienced the runners high. I get it every time I stop), and buying life insurance (A great way to guarantee Ill live, because I have never outwitted a corporation and I doubt I ever will). Unlike many other books by comedians, this memoir never feels like a series of onstage routines transcribed to make a buck. Blacks examination of the many meanings of being a middle-aged father, husband, and son is an insightful and eminently readable story. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency. (Jan.)