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Tasteful Nudes: And Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validationby Dave Hill
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From the Book Jacket:
Dear ridiculously attractive person who just so happens to be holding Tasteful Nudes in his or her soft and supple yet commanding hands,
Hi. My name is Dave, and this is my very first collection of essays. As you can probably imagine, it pretty much has everything. In fact, if you like stories about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and prison, you have just hit a street called Easy because my book talks about all that stuff and a bunch of other stuff, too.
Getting back to that prison thing for a second — I can think of almost no better place to read my book than from within the confines of a correctional facility. For starters, you will definitely have the time. Also, cozying up with a good book in front of your fellow inmates is a great way to show them a softer side that for some reason no one ever wants to hear about in the yard.
Fear not, though, non-convicts, my book makes for a solid read outside of prison, too. At the beach, on the subway, while whitewater rafting, during couples counseling, under local anesthesia — I have personally seen to it that my book is totally readable in all these scenarios, as well as in most other scenarios out there today. It will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even think so much that you will forget all your problems while simultaneously creating a few new ones. In limited instances it has been known to cause severe dehydration and the occasional groin pull, but honestly I don't know what that's about. That said, its probably not a bad idea to keep a glass of water handy and really stretch things out before strapping yourself in for a literary thrill ride you will want to experience again and again until you are either dead or your eyesight fails completely, whichever comes first. In fact, if I end up being wrong about any of this stuff, you can kick me right in the privates. Also, I will send you a nice ham (serves twenty). In short, you really can't lose on this one.
"Comedian Hill trades in mock braggadocio, following each punch with a tickle. To wit, 'Scar or not, I realize at this point in my book there's probably no question in your mind as to whether or not I'm one of the biggest badasses that ever walked the face of the planet. (Authors note: I am.).' Over the course of these 17 short autobiographical essays, the rhythm grows familiar enough that it could become cloying, but it doesn't because Hill is just so funny, observant, and likable. Whether he's riffing on adolescent affairs of the heart ('Loving You Is Easy Because You Live Pretty Close to My Parents House'), the thrill of playing Santa Claus ('Northeastern Ohio Velvet'), or his brush with rock 'n' roll stardom ('Big in Japan'), Hill has a knack for hitting the high points, eliciting some laughs, and then offering a poignant twist that reminds the reader there's no two-drink minimum. Essays about depression ('A Funny Feeling') and his mother's death ('Bunny') treat their subjects humorously without being glib. Well worth a read." Keir Graff, Booklist
"Dave Hill refers to himself as a 'famous writer person' in the intro to his seriously funny new book, Tasteful Nudes ... and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation — and we think he's onto something. Unlike many comics, who string a bunch of jokes together with clunky transitions and call it a book, the NYC-based author actually can write." New York Daily News
"Anyone who's listened to Hill recount his tales, particularly on This American Life...will hear the deliciously deadpan delivery of every word." Nylon
"Dave Hill speaks, rocks, and now writes with a voice so powerful and funny and compelling that I'm pretty sure he's channeling some weird god from another dimension. Basically, this dude is a comedic Cthulhu, and when you read this book, you will either go COMPLETELY MAD or BECOME A SLAVE TO HIS MAD GENIUS. Pray for the latter." John Hodgman
"This book should affirm Dave Hill's rightful place as a major American humor writer. You will laugh. Buy two and brighten a friend's life as well." Dick Cavett
"I run into Dave Hill all the time at the coffee shop in our neighborhood. He's always unshaven and badly hungover, with some 16-year-old groupie from Cleveland in tow — and he's just as funny then as he is in Tasteful Nudes. He is my idol." Malcolm Gladwell
"We have Dave Hill on our radio show as much as we can because he's so winningly funny, and it's thrilling to see how well his sense of humor translates to the page. I've never seen a comedian quite like him: full of unjustified bravado, but also amazingly vulnerable. There's something very bare through all these stories that are so full of jokes and brags. He's a rocker who shreds his way through mindblowing solos while somehow also communicating to you that maybe he thinks the whole thing is just a little much. I don't say that as a metaphor, I've actually seen him do this. I enjoyed the hell out of this book." Ira Glass
"First of all, Dave Hill is a pathological liar, a fantasist, egoist, and unlicensed podiatrist. I cannot confirm the veracity of anything in this book, but my feet have never felt better. And as Dave always says, when you have your feet, you have everything." Janeane Garofalo
"If you want to get inside Dave Hills head, then you have to go for it. Throw caution to the wind. Jump into the icy waters. Speed across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Trek the Himalayas. Take a solo flight around the globe. Or just read his new book, Tasteful Nudes, the most dangerous way to get there." Sandra Bernhard
"This book, in addition to being a hilariously fun read, is exactly the kind of book that will get Dave Hill totally laid." Andy Richter
"Not only did Tasteful Nudes take me on an emotional journey through the seedy underbelly of Dave Hills life, but it also introduced me to a whole new slew of colorful and imaginative euphemisms for my pud. For this, I shall forever be in Mr. Hill's debt." Chris Elliott
A hilarious book of essays from comedian, This American Life contributor, and rock god Dave Hill.
Dave Hill is like any other guy just trying to make it through life. He has accidentally arranged a lunch with a high-end prostitute, hes become an unwitting accomplice to the theft of three hundred pounds of meat, and hes lost his innocence to a Japanese toilet. Average, run-of-the-mill stuff. His collection of mind-blowing (and mildly superlative) essays recollect real life experiences of a grown man who hasn't borrowed money from any of his family members in a seriously long time. Nearly every page is packed with red-hot action, startling emotion, and borderline futuristic insights all delivered in scorching and largely grammatically correct verse. Dave Hill wrote this book mainly to make people laugh, cry, soil themselves, and maybe even touch a few hearts. And if it ends up leading to sex for him, well that's just a bonus.
About the Author
Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, retired pedicab driver, rock star, actor, and man-about-town. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, and Huffington Post, among others. He stages his own show “The Dave Hill Explosion” at Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters in NY and LA and is a regular HBO and Cinemax host. Dave starred in his own TV show The King of Miami on the MOJO Network, which was cancelled even though Dave really liked it. He's appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike TV, and BBC America among other channels and hes a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life. He's also a member of at least five rock bands.
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