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Lather Rinse Repeat

Lather Rinse Repeat

4.8 11
by David Tabak

A sparkling debut from David Tabak, these thirteen darkly funny, bleakly hopeful stories range in theme and tone from Franz Kafka to Shalom Auslander.

Tabak sees the silver lining--and also sees that the lining is badly ripped. He knows the glass is half-full--but half-full of something that tastes God-awful, and no way to dump it out without the hostess


A sparkling debut from David Tabak, these thirteen darkly funny, bleakly hopeful stories range in theme and tone from Franz Kafka to Shalom Auslander.

Tabak sees the silver lining--and also sees that the lining is badly ripped. He knows the glass is half-full--but half-full of something that tastes God-awful, and no way to dump it out without the hostess seeing. And he's certain that life has meaning--except, that meaning is written in a secret code, and nobody has the key.

Lather Rinse Repeat is...

(a) Funny little sad stories about people who just want Horton to hear them, too.

(b) The sacred text of a failed religion.

(c) Things that aren't real, but really are.

(d) The love child of Franz Kafka and that girl you liked in high school who didn't know your name.

(e) All of the above.

About the Author

David Tabak lives in Chicago with his wife, two daughters, a dog, a cat, and a hedgehog. Lather Rinse Repeat is his first book of stories. Future projects can be previewed at www.davidtabak.com.

Product Details

Aquitaine Media Corp.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Lather Rinse Repeat 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hilarious must read! Lather, Rinse, Repeat will keep you laughing with stories about the obsessive love affair we all have with our deepest insecurities and most absurd short comings. Witty, funny and poignant (optional) David Tabak celebrates how we cherish our own brand of self loathing, how we nurture it into a secret virtue, and then use it as a measuring stick to judge the world and those poor, less evolved individuals who suffer from an underdeveloped sense of self loathing. If you like to laugh Buy This Book! Lather, Rinse, Repeat will not fail you. You’ll read it over and over again. Then recommend it to other highly evolved friends to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lather Rinse Repeat by David Tabak is unique in its perspective, hysterical at moments and then suddenly crushing.  While the characters usually share common neuroses, the stories range from touching—“Mulligan”-- to disturbingly dark in “Veal”.  In many of the stories, you think you know what is going on and then there is a stark left turn—a self-centered narrator then speaks lovingly about his wife, a character who seems likes he isn’t in on the joke becomes struck with honest self-reflection.  The stories often made me uncomfortable, but I couldn’t stop pushing ahead because I knew that there was something surprising around the corner.
GR8bookslover More than 1 year ago
Always deft, sometimes disturbing, often funny stories by a talented writer. This is an extraordinary book of stories. It is an always surprising, sometimes disturbing, but always deft evocation of the inner life of characters ill at ease with their lives. Several stories are favorites: The Naked Sniper; I’m With Stupid (the ending was devastating); Veal (really strange, but compelling); and Straight and Narrow, which captures perfectly the “voice” of the fussy professional and the effects of family dynamics. Five People is hilarious, and would make a great radio play. In A Stone’s Throw Tabak get both families just right: the to-the-bone exhaustion of work, marriage, and small children that is the same if you’ve got money in the bank or not, the yearning for something different or better, the sense of failure and diminishment each man feels. The story as a whole is very powerful. And I laughed out loud reading Mulligan. I loved Tabak's description of the protagonist as “…an Eliza Doolittle with a five iron or some sort of heretic waiting to be baptized in a water hazard.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Tabak outdoes the Simpsons and the Farrelley Brothers: he's not just as funny as them but a damn good writer too. Like Groening and the Farrelleys, Tabak is a moralist cloaked in dark humor, so at the end of each of his stories, you end up uplifted and feeling clean after wading and wallowing through swamps of bitterness and mordancy. Combining psychological and social insights, Tabak probes the tender spots of our psyches and culture while giving us laughing gas. Tabak's world is painful and mean and full of grace; I'm glad I visited it and hope I get invited to it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Tabak's stories for the same reason I love The Far Side -- the use of the absurd to trigger moments of self awareness.  Just as with Larson's cartoons, Tabak does this in a way that makes us laugh, cringe and shake our heads, sometimes at the absurdity of the story and sometimes at the absurdity of ourselves when recognize our own foibles right there in black and white.  Lather, Rinse, Repeat is definitely worth the read for many reasons, especially for those of us in our mid-life years who are getting down to the business of facing our personal absurdities.
Mickilv More than 1 year ago
While each of David Tabak's stories is unique in character and storyline, they're all incredibly smart with a dark, witty humor. Tabak is masterful in creating dimensional characters that have relatable strengths yet oftentimes wonderfully cringe-worthy flaws that have the reader turning pages to see what happens next. Each story is a fun, chewy morsel that is just as good on the second and third read as it is on the first.
AmyLamar2 More than 1 year ago
Wow. I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like the stories in this collection. And I mean that in the best possible way. The characters are unique, and fully formed, and sometimes sad and sometimes ecstatic and sometimes just very very confused. The settings are familiar, but generally with a twist that will make you look around and see things slightly differently. This is an incredible debut. I'd say, David Tabak is an author to watch.
Finkled More than 1 year ago
These stories provide a breath of fresh albeit slightly oniony air. They are well-crafted and witty, a welcome reprieve from slick and soulless fill-in-the-blank fiction. When the grid does down, this will be one of the very last books I burn for warmth.
Booklover011 More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried, I was fascinated. Could not put the book down. Can't wait for future stories!
Rubybook More than 1 year ago
David Tabak takes his wit and exploits it to the fullest producing one of the funniest and engaging book of short stories I have read in years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lather Rinse Repeat is a funny book. I don't mean that is a book of humor. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny. What I mean is often the funniest parts are also the saddest. Tabak's characters exist in a world that at best is out to get them or at worst is determined to ignore them. There are times when Tabak hits a little too close for comfort, but, in the end, no one is ever completely destroyed. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, there are always fresh Hells awaiting tomorrow. I recommend this book to fans of Russian Literature (think Gogol) or Southern writers (think O'Connor). I guarantee you at least one of Tabak's characters will inflict you like the worst earworm (think Carpenters).