Not Quite a Genius by Nate Dern

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“Not Quite a Genius” isn’t bound by any particular convention. Dern roams hither and yon with regards to whether something is truth, fiction or somewhere in-between. The collection is funny, obviously, but it is also smart and thoughtful and honest. There’s a lot of genuine feeling here – and the best comedy comes from a place of truth.
-The Maine Edge

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From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society.

This collection of essays and stories spans a wide variety of topics. There’s the open letter to Charles Manson, the report of a brave archeologist’s journey into a suburban man cave, and a long overdue missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus. Walt Whitman even teaches a spin class.

Nate Dern’s razor-sharp eye examines modern society and technology, man buns, dating apps, and juicing crazes. Anyone who’s ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi Terms & Conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on in horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern’s wicked and funny take on modern life.
 

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Published August 8, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Aug 09 2017

“Not Quite a Genius” isn’t bound by any particular convention. Dern roams hither and yon with regards to whether something is truth, fiction or somewhere in-between. The collection is funny, obviously, but it is also smart and thoughtful and honest. There’s a lot of genuine feeling here – and the best comedy comes from a place of truth.

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