Me of Little Faith

Me of Little Faith

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by Lewis Black, Hank Gallo
     
 

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What do we believe? And for God's sake why?

These are the thorny questions that Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author, tackles in his new book, Me of Little Faith. And he's come up with some answers. Or at least his answers. In more than two dozen essays that investigate everything from the

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What do we believe? And for God's sake why?

These are the thorny questions that Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author, tackles in his new book, Me of Little Faith. And he's come up with some answers. Or at least his answers. In more than two dozen essays that investigate everything from the differences between how Christians and Jews celebrate their holidays, to the politics of faith, to people's individual search for transcendence, Black explores his unique odyssey through religion and belief.

Growing up as a nonpracticing Jewish kid near Washington, D.C., during the 1950s, Black survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), went to college in the South during the tumultuous 1960s, and witnessed firsthand the unsettling parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did). He explored the self-actualization movements of the 1970s (and the self-indulgence that they produced), and since then has turned an increasingly skeptical eye toward the politicians and televangelists who don the cloak of religiouos rectitude to mask their own moral hypocrisy.

What he learned along the way about the inconsistencies and peculiarities of religion infuriated Black, and in Me of Little Faith he gives full vent to his comedic rage. Black explores how the rules and constraints of religion have affected his life and the lives of us all. Hilarious experiences with rabbis, Mormons, gurus, psychics, and even the joy of a perfect round of golf give Black the chance to expound upon what we believe and why—in the language of a shock jock and with the heart of an iconoclast.

"To put it as simply as I can," Black writes, "this is a book about my relationship with religion, where my—dare I say it?—spiritual journey has taken me...what it's meant and not meant to me, and why it makes me laugh." By the end of Me of Little Faith, you'll be a convert.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The only person I know who can actually yell in print form."
—Jon Stewart

"The most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."
—Stephen King

"Surprisingly thoughtful."
The Washington Post

"You'll laugh while he's yelling."
—MSNBC.com

"Black throws humorous barbs at televangelism, the Mormon Church, and the Jewish faith in which he was raised."
Entertainment Weekly

Jon Stewart
Lewis Black is the only person I know who can actually yell in print form.
Stephen King
Lewis Black—the most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever.
Publishers Weekly

Black, the popular comedian, actor and author, offers a series of essays focused on his so-called "spiritual journey" in which he struggles to comprehend his relationship to God. Endlessly entertaining and bitingly honest, Black brings the same raw voice he employs in his stand-up. The recording is one long rant about everything religious; books, films, music, and of course politics. It's hard not to identify with Black by the end of this book, and hearing it all from the man himself will surely offend, affect, and ultimately entertain all listeners. A Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 21). (July)

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Kirkus Reviews
The comedian's twisted views on spirituality. Politics, his family and his neuroses used to be the meat and potatoes of Black's stand-up act, but lately he's been increasingly focused on religion. Thus it should come as no surprise to his ever-increasing fan base that the follow-up to his bestselling-and quite funny-debut, Nothing's Sacred (2005), compiles 42 essays riffing on everything from praying on airplanes to suicide bombers. Unlike his always-solid stage routine, however, the proceedings here are hit-or-miss. Looking at his words on the printed page, readers will realize how important Black's enraged delivery is to his act. The book certainly has its moments. "The God Lists: God the Father/God the Bother" (one list for each) features Black at his blackest: Among the 23 reasons he doesn't believe in God, we find beets, Nazis, herpes and American Idol. But such spot-on moments are few and far between. The book's worst transgression is the inclusion of the script from a critically lambasted play performed in 1981 by Black and fellow Yale Drama grad Mark Linn-Baker (better known from TV's Perfect Strangers). "I know it's strange to go into a play at this point," acknowledges the author, who was a playwright for years before The Daily Show made him famous, "but it is truly the best way to conclude this book. Or maybe it isn't. I really don't know." Black is a brilliant performer and a biting social commentator, but based on the evidence in this disappointing volume, he's not much of a playwright . . . or a book author. A can't-miss comedic performer delivers a mediocre book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594483776
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
365,135
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The only person I know who can actually yell in print form."
—Jon Stewart

"The most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."
—Stephen King

"Surprisingly thoughtful."
The Washington Post

"You'll laugh while he's yelling."
—MSNBC.com

"Black throws humorous barbs at televangelism, the Mormon Church, and the Jewish faith in which he was raised."
Entertainment Weekly

Meet the Author

Lewis Black is the hugely popular and New York Times bestselling author, stand-up comedian, actor, and playwright. Besides appearing regularly on The Daily Show (in his own segment, "Back in Black"), he has written and starred in a string of successful HBO and Comedy Central specials and one-man Broadway shows. He's won a Grammy, an Emmy, and an American Comedy Award. Born near Washington, D.C., Black graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.

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Me of Little Faith 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Lewis Black, so I expected to like this book, and I do. But if you aren't a fan of Lewis Black, if you are very religious, and/or if you are easily offended, don't buy the book because you probably won't like it. I would say that the level of writing was not consistent (in that some parts were really funny, some not so funny), but overall I thought it was an enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a lot more calm than Lewis' last book which at times I could almost hear him going through his hilarious rants. This book doesn't seem to have those rants and at times seems to be actually philosophic. I like Lewis' description of how he is always a Jewish person underneath regardless of what his religious beliefs become. Lewis also has a lot of interesting takes on other religions and a few chapters on people he doesn't like (ex. the current president) talking to G-d. The one thing I could have done without and the reason I didn't give the book a full five stars is the play that he includes in the back of the book. It was like he said 'I have this thing lying around and I'll just throw it into the end of this book.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW...another hit book from comedian Lewis Black. If you love his comedy you will love this book. Although the book does get harsh from time to time the book is very entertaining.Black spares no one in this rants regarding almost every religion on the planet. Even Black states in the preface that if you're REALLY religious..STAY AWAY from this book. A MUST OWN for all lewis black fans
ppignj More than 1 year ago
Lewis Black is definitely demented- in a genius like way. His intelligent ascerbic look at the world's religions is hilariously spot-on! His view is stated, emphatically, as his own- but a view shared by many I believe. It is not easy to make people laugh about religious suicide bombers or Charismatic prophets, but Black manages to do both with ease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I blew thru this book in about three days, laughing almost all the way thru it. I also realized that religion is at the core of why the Lewis Black we know and love is who he is. His extremely intelligent and darkly hilarious take on the sham that is organized religion spares no one. I also never knew that Lewis had the life experiences that he did before breaking into comedy. The Library of COngress data in the front of the book calls the category 'religious biography', and I never thought I would read anything filed under that. It's spectacular. Well done, except for the horrid play at the end.
Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
Lewis Black couldn't explain the differences between Christmas and Hanukkah any better than this! Lewis Black's explanations of why Christmas is so great compared to Hanukkah and why Christians are so obsessed with the holiday are simply brilliantly discussed here!
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