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Posted February 2, 2012
You ever know someone who wasn't very popular, but under the disillusion that people actually cared what he had to say? Someone who freely gives his views, thinking that he has his friends' undivided attention, when the truth is that the room is quiet because they are mocking him?
I hate to say it, but that is the sense that I got from Mark's book, and while I was able to read only half of it. It wasn't necessarily the language, because I myself swear all the time - although his swearing was so extreme that it became obvious that it was for shock value only. It wasn't really in his tone, because, barring one little problem (which I'll get into as the core issue), he is actually a pretty good writer, although the phrase "but I digress" is used to the point that it becomes a mockery of itself... seriously, he comes across as a stand-up on comedy night - someone just not funny. And he's painful to watch, because you know how much he's really trying.
And now the core problem, the reason why I will not be recommending this book or it's author to anyone over the age of 17... smugness. This guy is just a dick. I'm sure he doesn't mean to be a dick, but it's the way that he talks (writes) - the smug "I'm better than everyone! My opinions are all epiphanies, I alone am the genius who has figured out all of life's mysteries.". This guy is smug, and it's a shame, too, because he is a good writer, and I was really looking forward to reading this.
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