Stand Up Sit Down Book Club: ATTEMPTING NORMAL by Marc Maron

attempting normal

“Where do you find inspiration? It’s usually right where you left it.”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“The world is a wacky place, and I’m gonna be the one to whack it.”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“That’s the thing about hope – it floats. Like that movie. You know the one? Yeah, Dracula 2000.”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“You can’t spell ‘compassion’ without ‘compass’, and you can’t spell ‘compass’ without ‘ass’. What I’m trying to say is that, if you follow your ass, it will lead you to compassion, which, I guess, is nice.”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“You’re not writing this down, are you?”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“Come back here, you nerd! Those words are my intellectual property!”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“Give me that stupid notebook! You can’t print this! No! No!”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“Give it here! Why are you so strong?!? What are you saying? I do too do sit-ups sometimes!”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“Uncle! Uncle! Do whatever you want with my quotes, just stop pinching me!”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“I hope – gasp – your dumb blog or whatever – gasp – is happy. Someday I’m gonna – gasp – take your musings out of context – gasp – and then we’ll see who’s the tough one.”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

“That one about Dracula was actually pretty good.”
-The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club

During the month of June, when the Stand Up Sit Down book club wasn’t otherwise occupied crafting aphorisms worthy of not-insane-era-Nietzsche, they were lounging in the evening heat and languidly leafing through Attempting Normal, the excellent new memoir by tortured-comedian-turned-tortured-podcaster Marc Maron. In the tradition of the beat poets he admires, Maron’s essays are gripping, immediate, and tragically funny. Attempting Normal is a public admission of neurosis, and this nervous autobiography illustrates the author’s metamorphosis from a dysfunctional, fledgling comedian to an occasionally confident radio personality and tarnished figurehead of alternative comedy. Simultaneously anxious and furious, these stories depict addiction, trauma, despair, failure, recovery, love, hope, redemption, and masturbation in a way that is both inconceivably irreverent and immanently relatable.

Marc Maron is the cynical mastermind behind the landmark podcast WTF with Marc Maron, and he makes your television screen bleed pathos every week in the IFC original series Maron. His first book The Jerusalem Syndrome was the sophomore selection of the Stand Up Sit Down book club back in March 2013 when it was described by founding member Flippo Flipperstein as “ranty and hilarious and surprisingly touching”. Join the Stand Up Sit Down book club on Monday June 30th at 7:00 PM in the converted garage of BookPeople’s “Cat Ranch” Cafe to discuss Attempting Normal and whittle a little wisdom out of the petty frustrations of the day with some like-minded malcontents.

The Stand Up Sit Down book club meets on the last Monday of every month at 7:00 in the BookPeople cafe to make merriment and jeer over the latest achievements in comedy memoirs and comedic literature. Bounce by on Monday June 30th to rant, rave, and ridicule over Attempting Normal by Marc Maron. It will be an evening to podcast home about.

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