Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters

Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters

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by Michael J. Nelson
     
 

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Why do some people retain cute baby-talk names for their relatives (like "Num-Num" and "Pee-Paw") well into middle age? How should a reasonable person respond when Olivia Newton-John sings, "Have you never been mellow?" Who's responsible for the sorry state of men's fashion, and is it the same guy who invented the jerkin? Is there any future in being a Midwesterner

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Why do some people retain cute baby-talk names for their relatives (like "Num-Num" and "Pee-Paw") well into middle age? How should a reasonable person respond when Olivia Newton-John sings, "Have you never been mellow?" Who's responsible for the sorry state of men's fashion, and is it the same guy who invented the jerkin? Is there any future in being a Midwesterner? Can you really enjoy your lunch when the restaurant is decorated to look like an African plain? How come women keep dozens of bottles and jars of moisturizers, unguents, and lotions around — all of them half empty?

In more than 50 hilarious all-new essays, one of America's brightest young humorists — the head writer and on-air host of the legendary TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 — finds the fun in all aspects of the human condition, no matter how absurd. Join Mike Nelson on an angst-filled visit to a health spa; shopping sessions at Home Depot and Radio Shack; adventures in the very amateur musical theater; a gut-busting discourse on the history of television; ruminations on his roles as husband, father, and citizen; and much, much more.

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Stepping out of the shadows once again, former writer and host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Mike Nelson is casting his sharp eye on the world beyond the darkened movie theater. Following on the heels of Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, the actor, director, musician, and writer returns with a collection of more than 50 essays on the absurd amenities of modern living.

From the perspective of his home base in Minneapolis, Minnesota, modern life has not been kind to Mike Nelson. Whether faced with offending views of the towel-less older gentlemen embracing "man's natural state" in the health club locker room, or trying to get service at Home Depot ("Some of the best advice I ever got was, 'Start climbing on the shelves' "), nearly every aspect of daily life is fuel for exasperation. In Mind over Matters, Nelson has his whip poised over everything from leaf blowers to men's fashions to Radio Shack -- and he's not afraid to use it. Whether providing a provocative view of the history of television ("Naming a psychedelic show H. R. Pufnstuf is a barely coded way of saying, 'The producers of this program would like you all to know how very, very much we enjoy smoking rope' "), a heartfelt plea for sanity ("Please stop scolding and shaming me, syndicated human interest stories"), or a venture into the purely bizarre in an interview with his One-hundred Dollar Linen Shorts (bought on sale for $28), Nelson illuminates a world that -- with each bright, clean step toward convenience and normalcy -- just keeps on getting weirder.

In an essay titled "Rethinking the Backside," Nelson writes, "It seems the gluteus maximus's major function is to get tired at plays and make airplane flights seem longer than they actually are. I suggest that we could do without them." Whatever the backside's failings, Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters will give you good reason to put yours to the test -- so, sit back and enjoy it. (Elise Vogel)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060936143
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Nelson is an actor, writer, director, and musician who served as head writer for ten seasons, and on-air host for five seasons, of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the composer of most ofMST3K's original music, and is coauthor of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide (1996). Nelson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, writer-performer Bridget Jones, and their two children.

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Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For years mike nelson proved he was capable of being funny while mocking bad movies. Now he proves that he is just as funny mocking everything else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book in a Barnes and Noble in Minneapolis. I hadn't read more than about three or four paragraphs before I started laughing so hard I had to set it down and head for the store's restroom! I bought it as soon as I could and I still find it incredibly hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I am a huge fan of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. This book follows the humor style of the show and make it a hilarious read from start to finish.
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