Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation

Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation

by Dave Hill
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Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation by Dave Hill

"I run into Dave Hill all the time at the coffee shop in our neighborhood. He's always unshaven and badly hungover, with some 16-year-old groupie from Cleveland in tow—and he's just as funny then as he is in Tasteful Nudes. He is my idol." —Malcolm Gladwell

"Dave Hill speaks, rocks, and now writes with a voice so powerful and funny and compelling that I'm pretty sure he's channeling some weird god from another dimension. Basically, this dude is a comedic Cthulhu, and when you read this book, you will either go COMPLETELY MAD or BECOME A SLAVE TO HIS MAD GENIUS. Pray for the latter." —John Hodgman

"This book should affirm Dave Hill's rightful place as a major American humor writer. You will laugh. Buy two and brighten a friend's life as well." —Dick Cavett


From the Book Jacket:

Dear ridiculously attractive person who just so happens to be holding Tasteful Nudes in his or her soft and supple yet commanding hands,

Hi. My name is Dave, and this is my very first collection of essays. As you can probably imagine, it pretty much has everything. In fact, if you like stories about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and prison, you have just hit a street called Easy because my book talks about all that stuff and a bunch of other stuff, too.

Getting back to that prison thing for a second—I can think of almost no better place to read my book than from within the confines of a correctional facility. For starters, you will definitely have the time. Also, cozying up with a good book in front of your fellow inmates is a great way to show them a softer side that for some reason no one ever wants to hear about in the yard.

Fear not, though, non-convicts, my book makes for a solid read outside of prison, too. At the beach, on the subway, while whitewater rafting, during couples counseling, under local anesthesia—I have personally seen to it that my book is totally readable in all these scenarios, as well as in most other scenarios out there today. It will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even think so much that you will forget all your problems while simultaneously creating a few new ones. In limited instances it has been known to cause severe dehydration and the occasional groin pull, but honestly I don't know what that's about. That said, it's probably not a bad idea to keep a glass of water handy and really stretch things out before strapping yourself in for a literary thrill ride you will want to experience again and again until you are either dead or your eyesight fails completely, whichever comes first. In fact, if I end up being wrong about any of this stuff, you can kick me right in the privates. Also, I will send you a nice ham (serves twenty). In short, you really can't lose on this one.

Your man,

Dave Hill

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250031846
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,251,159
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

DAVE HILL is a comedian, writer, musician, and man-about-town originally from Cleveland but now living in New York City in an apartment all by himself because he is a grown man. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post, NY Daily News, Guitar World and a bunch of other people, too. He is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life and starred in his own TV series, The King of Miami, which was canceled, even though Dave really liked it. He has also appeared on Comedy Central, BBC America, MTV, and Adult Swim and is a regular host on HBO and Cinemax. Dave stages his own chat variety show, The Dave Hill Explosion, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles, and also in London, wherever it is tolerated. Dave plays in several rock bands and is so good at the guitar that most people can't even handle it. Dave also smells really nice—ask anyone.

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Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having followed Dave Hill on Twitter for quite some time now and listened to a bunch of his podcasts, my expectations for this book were pretty high. I can honestly say that those expectations were easily surpassed! Buy it. Read it. Love it. Live it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you are new to the world of Dave or a long-time best friend, this book will make you laugh out loud until your abs hurt (he really should think about adding this to his future fitness products). Making it even more enjoyable are the cultural references to his youth in the 70's - before cell phones. I have never laughed out loud for so long and so many times - not just reading a book, but ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What kind of things? Why have you asked me to come here?" He asked padding circles around her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Hill's essays and found myself laughing out loud on multiple occassions. Hill is very open and honest about his experiences, making this a great book for a laugh but also allowing the reader to reflect on their own lives. Perfect, easy summer read.