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Loser Goes First: My Thirty-Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation

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It all begins on Christmas morning, 1978. Dan Kennedy is ten years old and wants a black Gibson Les Paul guitar, the kind Peter Frampton plays. It will be his passport to the coolest (only) band in the neighborhood—Jokerz. He doesnt get it. Instead, his parents present him with what they think he wants most, a real-estate loan calculator (called the Loan Arranger) and a maroon velour pullover shirt with a tan stripe across the chest. It is the first of what will become a lifetime of various-sized failures, misunderstandings, comical humiliations, and just plain silly choices that have dogged this “hipster Proust of youthful loserdom,” as author Jerry Stahl has so eloquently called Mr. Kennedy.

Dans hilarious and painfully awkward youth soon develops into a . . . uh . . . hilarious and painfully awkward adulthood. His first two choices for university are Yale (Lit or Drama) and Harvard (Business), so he reviews his high school transcripts and decides on Butte Community College in Oroville, California, where he studies for about four and a half weeks. We could go on here and describe in detail all of Dans good-natured stabs at ambition, but he, himself, sums it all up quite nicely: “If youve ever tried and failed miserably at being a rock star (no guitar/talent), a professional bass fisherman, an extra in the movie Sleepless in Seattle (guy drinking martini in bar while Tom Hanks makes a phone call), a Madison Avenue advertising executive, a clerk/towel person at a suburban health club (named Kangaroo Kourts), an espresso street-cart owner and operator (in the one neighborhood of that coffee-swilling town, Seattle, where, remarkably, no one really seems to drink coffee), a dot.com millionaire, an MTV VJ, or a forest fire fighter, this book is for you.”

Along the way, a few lessons are learned and we are treated to one of the most original, riotously funny, unsentimental, and offbeat memoirs in recent history. Dans a favorite in McSweeneys and at the very popular Moth readings in New York City. We should be happy that he failed so miserably at so many things—and took notes!

About the Author

Dan Kennedy is a contributor to McSweeneys and Bookforum and performs regularly at Stories at The Moth as well as other gigs around town. He lives in New York and is Director of Creative Development for Atlantic Records.

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Chris Blaker, February 18, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
This the author's second book. It's an episodic memoir that is equal parts hilarious and embarrassing things that the author experienced. In most of the chapters Kennedy takes on different dream jobs/get-rich-quick-schemes that sound good at first but that he's unwilling to follow through with. I laughed out loud during at many parts, particularly when he decides as a teenager he wants to be professional Bass fisherman.
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ISBN:
9781400053742
Author:
Kennedy, Dan
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.06x5.24x.52 in. .43 lbs.

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