Author: Richard Meltzer
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Retail Price: 9.99
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People will like this comical book on aging, just as people like Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. Personally, I find observational humor inexplicably irritating – even George Carlin doesn’t translate well into print.
But while Bombeck has that frazzled housewife charm, Barry’s a loveable dork and Carlin’s hilariously politically incorrect, Meltzer writes in a gonzo style that I find ridiculously smug in that very I’m-so-cool way. As far as I’m concerned, Meltzer did one excellent service to mankind – he discovered Blue Oyster Cult. Aside from that, his rock reviews, anecdotes, essays and poetry are too irritating to read to find any value in.
Bottom Line: Eye-rolling observational